Merry Helen (Tillitson) O’Brien


12/3/1938  –  9/18/2023


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Merry Helen O’Brien

Early Monday morning, under the waxing crescent moon, Merry Helen (Tillitson) O’Briens’ wild untamed spirit joined her beloved husband, Tom, for their next great adventure! Tigger & Eeyore – together again!

Left to cherish the memory of Merry’s life are her sister; Merry’s two children & their families; her cousins; and a huge network of dear friends.

Merry loved water – she truly was OceanWoman, kin to the playful otters!  She enjoyed laughing, singing, making music, teaching basketry, & creating herbal remedies.

She was indeed a bright & shining soul who will be missed dearly and remembered fondly.

Merry meet & Merry part, until we meet again. (quack quack!)

Please consider a donation to WolfHaven.Org in Merry’s memory.

9 Responses to “Merry Helen (Tillitson) O’Brien”

  • Debbie and Leo Doebel says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to our dear friends Chris and Marianne. Love that Tigger and Eeyore are together again for their next great adventure. Love and hugs

  • Debbie Northey says:

    My deepest condolences to Merry’s family. I’m one of the nurses that had the pleasure of caring for Merry in her last months.. she was definitely a caring, nurse herself. Lucky are those whose lives were affected by Merry. She was definitely a positive force of nature.

  • Margaret Whaley, RN says:

    I was Merry’s hospice nurse and it was an honor to meet her where she was. What I learned about where she had been, what she had done and whom she touched made me wish I had met her earlier in her travels. I Learned so much from her and her amazing family. In hospice we try to honor the person they are, who they have been and help them navigate their way to what comes next. It is about the entirety of their life not just its end. Merry had a rich and beautiful life filled with lovely and lively people. Her family and the community were enriched by her presence and we will feel her absence. My fondolences ( that is a typo but I kind of like it for fond condolences )to family and friends and the care team at Peters Creek

  • Marianne says:

    My Dearest Merry- Set sail, set sail; Follow the twilight to the west, where you may rest, where you may rest. Turn your face where the sun grows dim, beyind the rim. Set sail, set sail; one thing becomes another in the Mother, in the Mother. Set sail, set sail; over the dark of the sunless sea, you are free! You are free!
    Blessed be, much love, m

  • Madison says:

    There is nothing quite like a grandmothers love, may your spirit fly high like a dove
    Along with all the heavenly things above
    May your spirit flow freely like the a cool summer breeze
    May your soul rest high above the trees
    We will always remember your smile as it was truly a sight to see
    when we were together it was always a delight to me.
    Thank you for your courage and understanding gramma
    Now you can go and listen to grandpa say hee-haw
    Eeyore and Tigger,
    nothing quite like the pair
    Most of all,
    I will always remember that purple hair.
    -Your loving granddaughter

  • Jane W Nelson says:

    Merry Merry Merry—you taught me so many things in our 30+ years of friendship since that fateful Women’s Summer Solstice. That the deepest “wisdom” of the Crone was —how to play! Full out and all dressed up! Just to be in your company I ventured out of my comfort zone —to learn to make baskets or to sing in a choir with you. And you were willing to learn from being with my friend and teacher JB too—whether to explore ancient Egypt, or to learn something like Focusing. And then there were the zoom days, sweet in their own way, to be privy to your revisiting childhood adventures with Dolly. Thank you, my friend. We all come from the Goddess, and to Her we shall return.

  • Lori Boess says:

    Merry was so many things for me! She came along through Women’s Summer Solstice and we became dear friends over many years of adventures. Merry made me feel like the daughter she never had, whether we were in ceremony or recovery. I know she is riding the wind with her beloved Tom across a star studded sky. You are in my heart forever Merry.

  • John and Nancy Jessop says:

    Our hearts and prayers go out to Chris and Marianne during this difficult time. May God bless your family.

  • Pam Gerke says:

    Merry was a bright light – and continues to be now that she has moved beyond The Veil. I thoroughly enjoyed our times together in Sacred Fire Choir and other fun things, and she and Tom were very supportive of my own artistic work, which I appreciated so much. Merry – you are so loved and will be missed by so many!

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