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06/25/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Eileen O'Brien Prosser

Eileen O'Brien Keefauver Prosser
(03 July 1957 - 23 June 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news today.       Eileen O'Brien Prosser, sister of Don O'Brien,   Patrick O'Brien ('67),   Maureen O'Brien Lowder ('68) of VA, Mike O'Brien ('69), William O'Brien, Kathleen O'Brien, Martin O'Brien, and John O'Brien, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, June 23, 2009 just ten days shy of her 52nd birthday. 

               Eileen O'Brien Prosser

  JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Eileen O'Brien Prosser of Jacksonville, Fla., 51, died June 23, 2009, surrounded by her family and friends, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. She spent her final months at her sister's home in Newport News, Va.

Eileen was born in Newport News on July 3, 1957, the eighth child of Florence and Donald J. O'Brien, who preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Prosser.

Eileen is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Razo of Green Cove Spring, Fla.; a son, Richard Keefauver Jr. (Lisa) of Port Orchard, Wash.; and three grandchildren, Brendan Razo, Richard Keefauver III, and Lainey Belle Keefauver. Eileen also is survived by eight brothers and sisters, Donald O'Brien Jr. (Mary Beth), Patrick O'Brien (Connie), Maureen Lowder (Ron), Michael O'Brien, William O'Brien (Christy), Kathleen O'Brien (Peter Bruce), Martin O'Brien (Allison) and John O'Brien (Deborah); and by 23 nieces and nephews, and 11 great-nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many wonderful friends, including her former husband, Richard Keefauver Sr.

Eileen was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. She was a Registered Nurse who worked at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., for many years. She graduated from Allegany Community College in Cumberland, Md., with an RN certificate, and later went on to earn a BSN from Jacksonville University. Eileen was a brilliant and caring nurse and she inspired her daughter and several close friends to pursue a career in nursing.

The family would like to especially thank her niece, Morgan Sawyer, the Sentara Home Health Care staff (Vicky and Joyce) and caregiver, Geraldine, for the loving care they provided in her final months.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society, Denbigh House of Newport News or your favorite charity.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009, at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home followed by a Catholic service at 12:30 with Father Kenneth Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 6/25/2009 - 6/26/2009.

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June 25, 2009

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

~ O. H. Smith & Son Funeral Home, Newport News, Virginia

June 25, 2009

Maureen, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

I know that now is a time of sorrow and grief, but remember that death is not just a time of mourning. It is also a moment to celebrate the life and lasting memories of the times you shared with your beloved Eileen. May you find comfort in the following:

Psalm 30:5
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
~ Michael Anderson, Newport News, Virginia

June 25, 2009

Dear Maureen and family,
Please know that our family has yours in its prayers at this difficult time. Eileen was so blessed to have such a wonderful family caring for her in her last days. May our Lord Jesus give you His peace.
Love, The Dunsmore Family
(Randy, Melissa, Cheyne, Lleyton, and Noah)
~ Melissa Dunsmore, Newport News, Virginia

June 25, 2009


Thinking of you and your family during the loss of your sister.
~ Freddie & Wanda Edwards, Henrico, Virginia

June 25, 2009

You and your family are in my prayers. The loss of a love one is never easy but you can rest assured that your sister is in a better place.

God bless you and yours,
Billy Turner 
~ Billy Turner, Ovilla, Texas
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June 25, 2009

Eileen was blessed with wonderful people who provided everything she needed, including and especially comfort and love, right up through her final hours. I wish peace for Eileen and the whole family.
~ Diana Behlmar, Newport News, Virginia

June 25, 2009

Eileen was a rare person who knew what it meant to be a true friend. She was brilliant and strong as well as kind and compassionate. I am honored to call her my friend.
~ Carla Schlenke, Jacksonville, Florida
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June 26, 2009

I am sure you don't know me, but maybe you have heard my name. About 25 years ago I met your sister in Nursing School at ACC. We became close friends, study buddies & sleep over friends, and she became the Matron of Honor in my wedding 23 years ago. I ended up moving to Newport News, where I have lived ever since.
Your sister was a wonderful, caring and compassionate person and I know that she was one of the best nurses I know. What I remember the most is our middle of the night (3am) runs to Dunkin' Donuts for hot coffee rolls, and our psych rotation where she said that she knew someone who had everything we studied. :)
Although we grew apart over the years, I still think of her often and was actually talking about her numerous times over these past two weeks with my daughter who is in nursing school.
You have my condolences and prayers and may you find comfort is knowing that she touched lives forever.
~ Julie Snoberger-Lear, Newport News, Virginia
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June 26, 2009

Maureen, you and all of your family have been in my prayers. It's been a long journey for you and Eileen and she fought so very hard. She was here on earth for a reason, but now God has plans for her with him. May you have all the comfort in knowing that she is much better off now and no longer in pain. She's smiling down on you now. (Jesus said:) "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14.27) Peace, sweet peace.
~ Tracey Malarkey, Newport News, Virginia

June 26, 2009

Dear Maureen and Family,
My prayers go out to your family at this time of sorrow. She was blessed to have a sister who loved her as much as you did. As hard as it is for us to see them go, she is in a better place and has peace.
Marlene and Jim Welsh
~ Marlene Welsh, Poquoson, Virginia
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June 26, 2009

Kat and Family,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. May you find some comfort from the words at Isaiah 41:10, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness." Your family and friends are in my prayers.
~ Sherian Cabbler, Suffolk, Virginia


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Eileen's entire family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

  What Wondrous Love Is This?

Words by Alexander Means
Music by William Walker, 1835

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God痴 righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great 'I Am';
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I知 free, I値l sing on, I値l sing on;
And when from death I知 free, I値l sing on.
And when from death I知 free, I値l sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, I値l sing on, I値l sing on;
And through eternity, I値l sing on.

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