Maggie O’Brien, or Sandie Jones in her homeland Ireland, passed peacefully the morning of Sept. 19, 2019. Twas grace that brought us safe thus far, and grace has taken her home.
Maggie was a native of Ireland who had performed since childhood. Her first broadcast appearance was on radio at age nine. Thereafter she represented Ireland in international music festivals and sang the first and only Gaelic-language entry in the EuroVision Competition. During her lengthy professional career, Maggie performed at the Cork Opera House; at the Gaiety, Olympia and Abbey Theatres in Dublin; and at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. She was voted the most popular female entertainer in Ireland for five consecutive years by the Record Music Industry, made several albums, and hosted her own television and radio shows.
Maggie moved to Gunnison in January of 2016 to begin a compassionate and dedicated caregiving career with her sister, Bre Jones Norris. Through this walk of life, she generously and wholeheartedly helped and touched many lives in the Gunnison Valley.
Maggie is met by her parents, John and Mary, her sisters Patsy and Veronica and her brother Johnny in heaven, as well as her local kin, Bea and Art Norris of the Fondue House in Crested Butte in the ‘60s. She has lovingly left on earth; her sister Bre, nephew and children, Tariq, Avery and Ameana, of Gunnison. Her beautiful Ireland family consists of; her sister Bernadette, brothers Tom, Peter, Paddy, Tony and Paul. She was blessed with many nieces, nephews and other family that she will now be watching over and keeping safe.
There will be a celebration of Maggie’s life at the Tomichi Waterway Park on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Please come and help us love and cherish Miss Maggie O’Brien with a proper send off. A Rosary will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m., to honor Maggie’s devotion to the lord.