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“My heart is saddened to hear that Chris passed away. She was a beautiful soul. I met her when I visited the proposal dept. at Pearson. I shared her...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Dorothea Warren - arden City, NY

“I loved working with Chris and sharing her creative spirit for the writing process. I am deeply grieved to hear of her passing and will keep the...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Lori Brown - Asheville, NC

“Chris's sisters and Jack would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, phone calls, cards and memories as we deal with her passing at ...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Lyn, Kathie, Vicki, Amy & Jack - IA

“Chris was observant and kind. She lit up when spoke of Jack and Milo. My condolences to family and friends. May her spirit be surrounded by peace,...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Stephanie Kemmerer - Cedar Rapids, IA

“I am so sad to hear about Chris. I first met her years ago in Leadership Iowa and I was so impressed with her energy, passion and intelligence. I am...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Ann Humbert - Cedar Rapids, IA

“I'm so sorry to hear of Chris' passing. I worked with her at Pearson. She was very kind, a great writer, and often shared wonderful stories about her...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Cari Foss - Marion, IA - Coworker

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Chris's passing. I worked with her during her 5 years at Kirkwood. She was one of the kindest people I knew. She...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Susan Reyhons - ELY, IA - Friend

“I was saddened to learn of Chris' passing. I knew her during her time in Proposal Services at Pearson and later when she transitioned to Pearson VUE....Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Welsh - Iowa City, IA

“I am so sad at this news. Chris and I took several walks together when I worked in proposals. She loved her nephew Jack so much and my heart hurts...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Michaeli - Iowa City, IA

“My heart is very heavy after learning of Chris's passing. I will remember her for her warmth, wit, writing talent, adoration for her nephew, interest...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Lindsay Hirth - Colleague

“I met Chris several years ago when she served as the Chair of the Grants Work-alike group for the Iowa college system. A dynamic professional, Chris...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Terry Knipp - Council Bluffs, IA

“Chris was my first friend when my parents moved across town. She intoduced me to many of her friends so I would know people at my new school. She...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Gail Maher - Iowa City, IA

“Sending condolences to Chris's family. Chris spoke frequently of her nephew, Jack. She utterly adored him.We loved having her as part of our proposal...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Terri Dunbar

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of Chris' passing! She was so kind and great to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with her family! ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Deb Danielson - Eden Prairie, MN

“So sorry to hear about the news of Chris' passing. I knew her briefly during her time in Proposal Services at Pearson, but we talked often and shared...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Renee Zukin - Iowa City

“Sending prayers to you all on the passing of Chris. May she rest in peace. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Dawn Soukup Eckrich - Iowa City, IA


Mary Christine "Chris" O'Brien, 58, died November 20, 2015.

Chris was born June 20, 1957, in Iowa City; daughter of Stephen "Ralph" and Wanda (Haney) O'Brien. She graduated from City High School in Iowa City and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and was employed at Pearson Vue.

Her family includes her sisters, Lyn Maske (Bob) of Iowa City, Kathie Crow (Bill) of Iowa City, Vicki O'Brien of Sun City, AZ and Amy O'Brien of Cedar Rapids as well as a special nephew, Jack O'Brien Ritchie and many other nieces and nephews. Chris's greatest joy was being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother; David and brother, Steve O'Brien.

Following Chris's wishes, no public services will be held. Memorials in her memory may be made to the "Jack O'Brien Ritchie Education Fund," at Collins Community Credit Union in Cedar Rapids.