Jean N. (Dixon) O’ Brien

March 13, 2020

Jean N. (Dixon) O’ Brien

* Due to the current situation we are facing with the Corona Virus, all services in the Funeral Home are now private. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jean’s Graveside Service at Woodbrook Cemetery 100 Salem St., Woburn on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:30 a.m. *

Jean N. (Dixon) O’ Brien – of Woburn, March 13th at the age of ninety-three. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel F. O’Brien Sr. and loving fiancé of the late Henry Olejarz. Cherished mother of Stephanie Miller of Woburn, Lynne Cannon, her husband John of Londonderry, NH, Howard Miller, his wife Kathleen of Dracut, Randall Miller, his wife Mary of Burlington and the late Bradford Miller Sr. Adored grandmother of 14, great-grandmother of 7 and special aunt to several nieces and nephews. Due to the current situation we are facing with the Corona Virus, all services in the Funeral Home are now private. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jean’s Graveside Service at Woodbrook Cemetery 100 Salem St., Woburn on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:30 a.m. Remembrances may be made in Jean’s memory to the Woburn Nursing Center c/o Residents Activities Fund 18 Frances St., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn.

 

Jean N. (Dixon) O’ Brien – a longtime resident of Woburn, died peacefully, Friday, March 13th at the age of ninety-three. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel F. O’Brien Sr. and loving fiancé of the late Henry Olejarz.

Born and raised in Coles Island, New Brunswick, Canada, Jean was the daughter of the late Arnold and Gladys (Northrup) Dixon.  She was raised by her grandparents , Emma and Brandford Northrop and held them close to her heart her entire life.  She graduated from nursing school at St. John’s Hospital in New Brunswick in 1949 before moving down to Massachusetts to be closer to her siblings.  Jean is preceded in death by her sisters, Pauline Mistretta, Kathleen Dixon, Virginia Hogle and brother Douglas Dixon.

Jean is also survived by her beloved cousins, Marie Turner and Lorna Crothers.  

Jean will be deeply missed by her children. She was the cherished mother of, Stephanie Miller of Woburn, Lynne Cannon, her husband John of Londonderry, NH, Howard Miller, his wife Kathleen of Dracut, Randall Miller, his wife Mary of Burlington and the late Bradford Miller Sr. Adored grandmother of 14, great-grandmother of 7 and special aunt to several nieces and nephews.

For over 30 years, Jean worked as a registered nurse for the Choate Hospital in Woburn. She was kind, gentle and compassionate and those qualities helped make her an exceptional nurse.  Even after retirement from the Choate Memorial Hospital, she continued to work part time as a nurse. 

Jean loved traveling with her family and experiencing new places.   She was always planning her next new trip. She loved going on cruises or traveling with her sisters to the Grand Ole Opry, Las Vegas, Hawaii and to Europe, among some of the places she would go.    Canada held such a special place in her heart and she always yearned to go back home to Coles Island.   In her younger days, she would drive to New Brunswick Canada every summer with her 5 children in tow to visit love ones.  She would take her family on camping trips every summer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  She also loved Old Orchard Beach and her family would all follow her there along with the entire extended family of Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends. Those are some of  the most memorable times as a family that will always resonate in the hearts of her loved ones. 

She also enjoyed gardening and her lovely flowers, especially her roses.

Due to the current situation we are facing with the Corona Virus, all services in the Funeral Home are now private. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jean’s Graveside Service at Woodbrook Cemetery 100 Salem St., Woburn on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:30 a.m. Remembrances may be made in Jean’s memory to the Woburn Nursing Center c/o Residents Activities Fund 18 Frances St., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn.

 

Due to the current situation we are facing with the Corona Virus, all services in the Funeral Home are now private. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jean’s Graveside Service at Woodbrook Cemetery 100 Salem St., Woburn on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:30 a.m. Remembrances may be made in Jean’s memory to the Woburn Nursing Center c/o Residents Activities Fund 18 Frances St., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn.

 

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  1. Karen M. Linehan

    My Deepest Sympathy to your Family. I remember so many Fond Memories of Jean and all her Sisters.
    God Bless

  2. Dear Steph, Lynne, Howie, Randy & family!! So sorry for the loss of your Mom..My heart is heavy, loved loved your Mom.. I will cherish all of our wonderful memories…love & hugs to all…

  3. Dick and Diana Matthews

    Steph, Lynn, Howie and Randy I was sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing she will be missed.

  4. Aunt Jean,

    Since I was a young child I’ve always looked up to you. When we talked I could not help but listen to your every word you said. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me and so many others. You have been a powerful force in our lives and your memory will live within all of us forever.

    Love,

    Alyson

  5. Bernita Desmond

    Randy, Mary, Clara, David and Sam-We are so sad to hear of your loss. Jean was such a happy and fun lady. She always had a warm smile on her face when she saw you. Cherish your wonderful memories. Please let all of the family know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Love-Richard, Bernita and all the (Woburn) Desmond family!

  6. Doreen Ralli Koor

    May the love you have for your mom keep a smile in your heart. Your mom was an angel on earth. Hugs to all.

  7. Dan & Kathy Hogle

    Nobody will argue that she was one of the most loved person ever. As we all do. I regret not seeing her more. My loss, love you aunt Jean. RIP

  8. You were there when she needed you most. Lots of love to you and family. Also my sincere condolences 🌻

  9. Angel mistretta

    I miss you so much I’m so happy I was with you for a short time but I loved every minute of it love you

  10. Lynne, I’m so sorry at the passing of your mom. She was always so nice. You were so good to her. Do your best to remember the good times.
    Be good to yourself at this tough time.
    May God bless your mom, you and your family.

  11. Barbara Eaton Poore

    Enjoyed Working with your Mom years ago at Choate. Great sense of humor; have lots of good memories.

  12. your mom was like a second mom to me back in the day. she was a wonderful remarkable women. what we once enjoyed we can never lose all that we loved deeply becomes a part of us . may your memories be your strength. kevin and debra frost. miss you all

  13. your mother was like a second mom to me back in the day. she was a wonderful remarkable women. we truly lost one of the great ones. what we have once enjoyed we can never lose All that we loved deeply becomes a part of us. may your memories be your strength. kevin and debra frost

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