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September 23, 2014


Barbara J. O'Shaughnessy


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Barbara J. O'Shaughnessy passed away peacefully on September 20, 2014, at the age of 92 surrounded by her children.


Born on July 5th, 1922 in Austin, Minnesota, to Clara and Clifford Streeter, she spent most of her youth in St. Paul, Minnesota. She attended Mills College in Oakland, California, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1944. After graduation, Barbara volunteered for the U.S. Army in California, scheduling transportation home for soldiers on leave.


Barbara married Donald E. O'Shaughnessy in 1946, and moved to Midland, Texas, in 1950. She was very active in various aspects of the community in Midland from St. Ann's Church and School to the Midland Community Theatre where she performed in numerous plays. She also served on the boards of the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation, Midland College Foundation and was a Governor Emeritus of the Midland Memorial Foundation at Midland Memorial Hospital.


A natural athlete, Barbara was an excellent golfer and tennis player. She and Don enjoyed traveling, and she remained curious and up-to-date on local and world events until her death. Barbara (Mom OSh) was a surrogate mom to many and a genuine friend to all. She leaves a lifetime of treasured memories and a legacy of love, laughter, wit, and grace. Barbara will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


She is survived by her six children, Karen, Steve, Mike, Dan, Peggy, and Kaki O'Shaughnessy; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years, Don; and her granddaughter, Nicole DeBerge; and grandson, Chance DeBerge.


The family would like to thank all her thoughtful and loving friends and those caretakers who have compassionately helped care for Barbara, most recently including: Simona and Nohe Gonzalez, Raquel Gonzalez, Lucy Gutierrez, Kim Claiborne, Teresa Zermeno, Griselda Gaytan, Bill Britt, and in particular, Hospice of Midland.


In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully suggests a contribution to one of the following: Midland Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund, Midland College Endowment Fund, Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, or any entity involving the betterment and care of animals.


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