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The Coaldigger




March 16, 2011

Doris Jean O’Brien Martin

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BLUEFIELD, Va. —  Doris Jean O'Brien Martin, age 75, of Sedgewood Townhouses, Bluefield, Va., went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at a Bluefield hospital.

Born on April 23, 1935 at Little Creek near Anawalt, she was a daughter of the late Lacy Patrick and Cleo Webb O'Brien. She had been a resident of Bluefield, Va. for six years and was formerly of Gary. She was retired from the McDowell County Board of Education and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, 200 South College Avenue in Bluefield VA. She was a graduate of Gary High School in 1953 and also attended both Concord College and Bluefield State College. She was also a member of the Bluefield, W.Va. Lioness Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Conley Martin; and a son, Patrick Kyle Martin.

Survivors include: Daughter, Rhonda Vance and husband Kenneth “Mickey” of Bluefield, Va.; one granddaughter, Meagan Michelle Vance of Bluefield, Va.; two brothers, Lacy Patrick O'Brien, II and wife Judy of Glade Springs, John Thomas O'Brien and wife Beverly of Gary; one sister, Carol Ball and husband Buddy of Claytor Lake, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Reverend Raymond Amos officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield, Va. Pallbearers will be nephews, Shane O'Brien, Rick Perfin, Lacy Patrick O'Brien, III, Seth O'Brien, Robert Neal, Kevin French, and J.L. Cliffton.

Friends may call on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 900 Highland Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701, or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 5103, Princeton, WV 24740

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Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the family.