Vanceboro – Gloria May O’Brien, 86, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Gloria was born in St. Croix, NB on June 22, 1934, daughter of George and Edna (Scott) Cogswell.
Gloria attended school in St. Croix and McAdam, NB and worked at a local sporting camp on Spednic Lake. In 1965 she married Edward O’Brien and moved to Vanceboro where she worked for many years at Monk’s Texaco. Gloria was a faithful member of the Vanceboro United Methodist Church, a former member of the Pythian Sisters, the American Legion Auxiliary, and enjoyed playing cards, Bingo and going to the Casino. Family was everything to Gloria and she had a special way about her that allowed each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to feel like they were her favorite.
In addition to her parents, Gloria was predeceased by her husband Edward; three children, Cynthia Astorino, Barbara Mersereau and Scot “Scoty-Dog” O’Brien; two sisters Shirley and Joyce; and four brothers, George, Merlin, Roger and Tony. Surviving are three children, Kenneth McIver and wife Freda of Lambert Lake, Jeffrey McIver of Bangor, and Susan O’Brien Brownell of Brewer; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Catherine Croker and husband Gary of Ontario, and Evelyn Cleghorn and husband Edward of McAdam, NB; a brother Manford Cogswell of McAdam, NB; numerous special nieces and nephews; and her dear friends, Theresa Monk, Eleanor Dyer, Marilyn Eales, and Mary-Lou Blair.
A celebration of Gloria’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in Gloria’s memory may be made to the Vanceboro United Methodist Church, PO Box 18, Vanceboro, ME 04491. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais.