Services Friday for Anne Brown O'Donnell


Friends and family are invited to a memorial Mass on Friday, March 25, for Anne Brown O'Donnell of Atherton, who died March 11. She was 88.

The Mass begins at 11 a.m. at St. Raymond Catholic Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. A private committal will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park before the Mass.

Born in Los Angeles, she attended Marymount High School in that city, spent a year at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, and then enrolled at USC. She left school for two years to support the home front effort during World War II, working at Lockheed Aircraft and volunteering more than 500 hours at the American Red Cross.

She returned to USC and graduated with a degree in art history in 1944.

She worked for a number of years at Bullocks Wilshire in Los Angeles before marrying Hugh O'Donnell of San Francisco in 1955. They lived first in San Francisco and then down the Peninsula where they raised their family. They were married for 54 years. Hugh died on July 24, 2010.

She spent many years as a volunteer for the CYO, the Oakwood Auxiliary, the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary for the Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County, the San Carlos Adult Day Care Center, and several other organizations.

She gave her time to the Order of Malta and attended a number of Lourdes Pilgrimages with the Sick and Dying.

She enjoyed oil painting, and loved hosting friends at her home in Atherton, the family says.

In the 1980s, "she turned a two-year stay with Hugh in Santiago, Chile, into an adventure by making many new friends, and converting a nice rental house into a beautiful, warm home away from home for locals and travelers alike," the family says.

She and Hugh took every chance they could to travel, more often than not bringing their children along.

She is survived by her sons, Michael of Menlo Park and Peter of Palo Alto; and four grandchildren.

The family expressed thanks to the staff of Nazareth Classic Care in Menlo Park where she lived with Hugh for the last three years.

The family asks that any memorial donations be made to San Carlos Adult Day Services, care of Catholic Charities-CYO, 180 Howard St., Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94105; or Religious of the Sacred Heart-Oakwood, 140 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton, CA 94027; or a charity of the donor's choice.

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