Mary Alice “Petie” Robinson O’Brien, 86 of Springfield died at 4:32 pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born on April 30, 1927 in Springfield to William and Elsie Norman McGlennon. She married William Reid Robinson on February 14, 1948 and he preceded her in death on September 18, 1979. She married Lawrence R. O’Brien on December 7, 1984 and he survives. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1st husband, two brothers, John “Jack” Norman and Ralph Norman and two sisters, Nina Jean Horn and Edie Bolinger.
Mary Alice was raised in Mechanicsburg, formerly lived in Florida and lived currently in Springfield. She was a member of St. Agnes Church. She volunteered alongside her husband with Meals on Wheels. She loved grocery shopping, cooking, playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to listen to her son “Bad Bill” and his band.
Surviving are her husband, Lawrence; two daughters, LuAnn Johnson of Springfield and Reida L. (Tom) Hamrick of Chatham; two sons, Bill (Susan) Robinson and Larry (Susan) O’Brien, both of Springfield; nine grandchildren, Jenifer L. Johnson (Rudy Braud), Jill K. (Ignacio) Loureiro and Joy M. (Chad) Wolfe, all of Illinois, Mark Thomas Hamrick of Indiana, Michael Francis (Eliza) Hamrick of Colorado, Gracie Elizabeth Robinson, Emma Elizabeth Robinson, Jewel Kathleen O’Brien and Megan Lee O’Brien all of Illinois; 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation: 10-11:30 am Monday, October 28, 2013 at St. Agnes Church.
Funeral Mass: 11:30 am, Monday, October 28, 2013 at St. Agnes Church with Reverend Robert Jallas officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Agnes Church.