Ellen Patricia O’Brien, 66, of Mount Vernon Street, Newport, RI passed away unexpectedly on December 23, 2021, at Newport Hospital following a brief illness.

Ellen was born in Jersey City, NJ to Donald and Mary (Murtagh) O’Brien on October 17, 1955. She attended Holy Family Academy and graduated in 1974. She attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. She worked for Tetra Tech, Ebasco, Lord and Taylor on 5th Ave in Manhattan NYC, the Preservation Society of Newport County and the Viking Hotel. In 1988, she was recognized by the US Navy and received an award for outstanding job performance.

Most of all, Ellen enjoyed being with her family, hosting weekly Sunday dinners and treasured time spent with her beloved grandson Orion. A lover of nature, she was enthusiastic about her animals.

She is survived by her son Cornelius Ibbotson, grandson Orion Sheehan and his mother Annie Sheehan all of Newport. She is also survived by her sisters Nancy Sample, Liza Loffio, brother Donald O’Brien, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. 

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 3:00-6:00pm at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellen’s memory may be made to the Orion Sheehan Scholarship Fund,12 Mount Vernon St. Apt 4 Newport, RI 02840.

Source: O’Neill Hayes Funeral Home

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