Welcome to the memorial page for

Barbara Ann (Drake) O'Brien

June 15, 1929

Barbara Ann O’Brien of Scituate died on the morning of May 4 after a courageous battle with bone cancer. She would have turned 88 on June 15.


Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 63 years John F. “Jack” O’Brien, Sr., her sons John and his wife Carol, Michael and his wife Janice, Steven and his wife Shelly, and daughter Kathy and her husband Erik. She is predeceased by her beloved daughter Susan. Barbara loved her grandchildren: Brendan, Elizabeth, Michael, Jenna, Kyle, Hayley and Jake.


Barbara was the daughter of Betty and Arthur Drake of Quincy and much-loved sister of Richard “Dick” Drake and his wife Mary of Mashpee.


Barbara grew up in Quincy, and after high school joined Northeast Airlines as a stewardess, flying in the airline’s DC-3s. She married Jack in 1954. She owned the former Carousel of Hanover children’s clothing store for a number of years. Barbra played golf and tennis and was a member of Hatherly Golf Club and former member of the Scituate Harbor Yacht Club. She enjoyed knitting and basket weaving and created many beautiful baskets for family and friends.


Barbara enjoyed doing many things during her life, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends. Her memory will always be carried in their hearts.


A special thanks to the staff of the Norwell Visiting Nurses Association (NVNA) and the Pat Roche Hospice House in Hingham.


Family and friends will gather to celebrate Barbara’s life on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 4-7 pm in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 160 So. Main St. (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10 am in St. Anthony’s Church, Cohasset. Interment Groveland Cemetery, Scituate. Donations to honor Barbara may be made to the Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA. 02061. 

 Service Information

May 9, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home
160 South Main Street, P.O. BOX 431 (actual 1 Summer St.)
Cohasset, MA 02025

Mass of Christian Burial
May 10, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Anthony
10 Summer St.
Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025

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