Blanche E. O'Brien

Dec 1, 1923 – Jan 22, 2017

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Blanche E. O'Brien

Blanche was born December 1, 1923 in California to Jesse and Claudia Hudson and passed away peacefully on January 22, 2017 in Enumclaw, WA. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Harlan E. O'Brien and her brother Vergil Hudson.  She is survived by her son Greg and his wife Carol, granddaughters Danielle Sakuma and Sandy Olson and great-grandsons Colin Olson and Ethan Olson. 

Blanche became the office manager at New Lumber and Hardware in Federal Way in 1959 and enjoyed her job, the work environment and the people she worked with so much she stayed with the company until her retirement in 1988. 

A funeral service, interment and reception will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 starting at 11:00 AM all at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac.  Please sign the online memorial guestbook at


Gayle Carlson
Tacoma, WA
Feb 3, 2017

Greg, I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to say goodbye. I remember your mother's laughter and how she always seemed happy. I have lots of memories of us kids running around Tyee Marina and the hillside behind the parking lot.

Blanche and Grace are now angels and able to visit again.

Georgiana Carlson
Tacoma, WA
Feb 3, 2017

I have many happy memories of time spent with Blanche, Harlen, and Greg, with the Viking Yacht Club on land and water. I appreciated that Blanche handled the planning of the annual Viking brunch for quite a few years. I have missed visiting with Blanche via the phone for the last 3 years.

Donella Houston
Kent, WA
Feb 3, 2017

Sending Love and Prayers to O'Brien family during this difficult time.

David & Vicki Hudson
Terry, MT
Jan 31, 2017

I have so many great memories of my aunt Blanche, In her latter years she was a great inspiration as she was so active for her age. She was a very good source for family history and was one of the last surviving members of her generation in the Hudson family. She will be greatly missed.

Linda Carlson
Seattle , WA
Jan 29, 2017

Greg, what a wonderful photo of your mother! I have so many fond memories of your parents from the Viking Yacht Club days...and many memories of you, too!

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