Ellen Patricia O’Brien, 66, of Newport, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 23, 2021, at Newport Hospital following a brief illness.
She was born in New Jersey. She attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She worked for Tetra Tech, Ebasco, Lord and Taylor on 5th Avenue in NYC, the Preservation Society of Newport County and the Viking Hotel.
Most of all, Ellen enjoyed being with her family, hosting weekly Sunday dinners and treasured time spent with her grandson Orion. A lover of nature, she was enthusiastic about her animals.
She is survived by her son Cornelius Ibbotson, grandson Orion Sheehan and his mother Annie Sheehan all of Newport. She is also survived by her sisters Nancy Sample, Liza Loffio, brother Donald O’Brien, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Visiting hours were held Jan. 4 at O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Orion Sheehan Scholarship Fund, 12 Mt. Vernon St., Newport.