In Loving Memory

Elizabeth “Betty” O’Brien

September 10, 1954 - November 19, 2020


Elizabeth Marie “Betty O’Brien”, 66, a native of Philadelphia, PA and resident of Daphne, AL, passed away on Thursday morning, November 19, 2020.

Betty was an active member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Philadelphia, Christ the King Catholic Church, and The Exceptional Foundation, in Daphne Al.  Elizabeth was a joy to be around.  She loved to help other people and was loved by all who met her.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, William J. O’Brien and Marguerite Santone O’Brien.

She is survived by her siblings, Margaret (Stephen) Szedlmayer of Daphne, AL; William P. O’Brien (David Hill) of Florida; Rosana Leonetti (Marc) of Delaware; niece, Michelle Szedlmayer (Jon Robbins) of Daphne and nephew,  Jon Leonetti of Delaware.

A private service will be held at 7:00pm, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Hughes Funeral Home.  The service can be watched live by going to:

Interment will take place at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in Langhorne, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast, 28788 N. Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is handling service arrangements for the family.


  1. Jo Anne Keller

    Betty will be greatly missed by her Red Hat Society members and her Christ the King Family. She was loved by all. God certainly got a great angel
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Jo Anne Keller

  2. Pat McCloskey

    Heartfelt condolences to family. Betty was a beautiful person!! Prayers to all

    Pat McCloskey and family

  3. Mary Jean (Muller) Peruso

    So sorry to have read the loss of Betty. Betty was a kind, generous and loving person. She enjoyed visiting the teachers and children in Sacred Heart School. Betty has earned her wings. Thoughts and prayers are with her family. Rest peacefully.

  4. Julie Mckiven

    Tucker will miss Betty especially when he’s able to go back to Exceptional Arts. There will be an empty place in the car. What a special lady and sweet soul she was! Mel, Tucker, Christina and I remember her birthday celebration several years ago- it was so much fun- and Betty was so pleased. We will remember with love the many moments and conversations through the years we were lucky enough to share with Betty. Her spirit and smile won’t be forgotten.

  5. Donna Momorella

    Betty’s friends in Philly love and will miss her forever! Not many purely good people walk this earth, but Betty was one and our lives are richer fir having had her in them.

  6. Lee Conlee

    I will really miss everything about her. Her smile, her love and her infectious spirit that couldn’t be matched. I will cherish all the artwork that she lovingly gave me. We couldn’t ask for a better Angel to watch over all of us. Love, peace and strength to all of her family.

  7. Helene

    I will miss our phone calls.Rest in peace Sweet Betty…Love You😪

  8. Diana Stankiewicz

    Betty was a wonderful person and great friend. She will be missed by all who knew her. I will continue to keep her family in my thoughts and prayers. The many memories I have will always be in my heart. She will always be with me. RIP Betty

  9. Pat Lawrence

    Betty had a heart of gold. She loved the children of Sacred Heart. She always helped to celebrate with each First Communion class. The children were blessed to know such beautiful person. I know she has a special place in heaven. My condolences to her family.

  10. Brian Donnelly

    Such a great lady. Have so many good memories of her at both sacred heart of Jesus school and church. She always treated our kids as if they were her own and always made them feel that way. I know that your at peace.

  11. Heather

    Betty was an amazing woman and her love and energy will forever be with people. I haven’t seen her in years and was a kid when I was able to meet her but have so many memorable moments. She would take lead during my camp days to sing music and loved to sing This Little Light of Mine with the hand motions. The first time I ever remember seeing her sad is when my grandpa’s store collapsed and he passed but she was still so caring and nurturing. Olwe walked to Friendly’s after camp one day and laughed the entire time! Betty left everlasting memories with me, ones that will stay forever!

  12. Bill & Sandy Robinson

    Dear, Sweet Betty shared with me our Ministry to folks in Memory Care and Assisted Living facilities in Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama. She also served each Sunday in leading our Children’s liturgy on Sundays at Christ the King. We loved her and she loved everyone; each person she treated as her best friend. Sandy and I send our love and prayers to Margie and all in Betty’s family and to all the thousands who mourn Betty’s death. She is with our Lord, who truly has always been and will always be her eternal best friend.

  13. Judy Wilson

    Her hugs and her gifts of artwork are things I will always remember from our Silver Sneakers class at the Y. She was such a joy to know.

  14. MaryAnn Quinn

    Betty was a wonderful person! She loved the school kids and they loved
    Her. They couldn’t wait to learn a new sign. She will be forever missed

  15. Sharron Griggs

    Mrs.Betty! Know that I will always be grateful to you for your presence & kindness. You always made sure Tajh was okay. I knew he would be okay with you around! People like yourself don’t come around to often. And when they do you cherish their presence! Soar well my friend! You have earned your wings!!! My deepest condolences to the family. Mrs Betty sure was a Gem…

  16. Betty galloway

    Till we meet again my friend. I miss you. Well have a party in heaven and you can show me around your mansion.

  17. Bill falcone

    Betty was a joy to be around always caring she will be missed God bless you Betty Rip

  18. Janet Jones

    Betty was such a sweet soul. We all enjoyed her paintings and crafts she made for everyone. RSP we will miss you.

  19. Judy Wilson

    Betty always had a hug for me at our Silver Sneakers class at the Y. She oftentimes blessed me with a gift of her creations. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more loving soul. My sympathies to Margie and the other family members.

  20. Marla McLeod

    My son, went to the Exceptional Foundation with Betty. I always loved seeing her, her infectious smile would light up a room. She will be greatly missed. Much love to the family! Hold on to the sweet memories and hopes of seeing her again one day.

    Scott, Marla, Banner and McKenzie McLeod

  21. Diana Stankiewicz

    Denise and I will miss you always Ms. Betty. You will remain in our hearts forever. RIP

  22. Bill Donaldson

    Betty was known and loved by all at Christ the King Church in Daphne, and she was a loving, indeed exceptional, person who always cared for the children. Her wonderful smile will always be remembered. May she rest in peace.

  23. sandi englehart

    Betty was a wonderful friend to everyone. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

  24. Dawn McKinney

    Betty was a social butterfly at Christ The King Catholic Church. She could be seen passing out samples of her artwork or her cookies or just visiting almost every Sunday morning. She especially loved the children. She was a free spirit full of love for everybody. Her creativity went beyond her art and cookies since she also performed in plays. She was very playful and had a good time. One of her jokes was a claim that so-and-so was “picking on her.” And she loved hugs! A delightful and joyful person, Betty will be missed by many, many people. God Bless all who loved her.

  25. Joanne Wells

    I recently met Betty through Diana Stankiewicz. Diana mentioned Betty was lonely. I offered to call Betty and as a result, we became friends. She was a sweet, kind soul and I am going to miss her. I will continue to pray for her and her family.

  26. Joanne Wells

    I recently became friends with Betty through Diana Stankiewicz. She mentioned Betty was in rehab and could use I some cheer. I offered to call her. This was the beginning of a special friendship. Although the friendship was short, Betty was special to me. We spoke almost daily and in every conversation, Betty made me smile. She was an exceptional lady and I will miss her.

  27. Anne Edwards

    Lovely service, loved both poems-great reminder to strive to live like Betty did.

  28. Nancy Bolton Beck

    I am a volunteer at the Exceptional Foundation. I never failed to be greeted by a smiling Betty, often with a gift in h and. What a precious soul, and I will miss her.

  29. Joan Pettit

    Dear Betty had the biggest heart and shared her love with the children and staff of Camp GetAlong when she lived in South Philly. Her kindness and generosity touched so many. Her life was such a beautiful example of God’s love.

  30. Sandi Nelson

    I knew & loved Betty from Silver Sneakers class at the Daphne YMCA. I am pleased to have bookmarks, art work & a very special ceramic horse named Sparkles which she gave me on my birthday two years at a silver sneakers birthday lunch. I will miss her and am honored to have had her friendship. My love to Margie


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