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Elizabeth E. “Bette” (Raulins) O’Brien

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Friday, November 8th, in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) REVERE from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for Elizabeth E. “Bette” (Raulins) O’Brien, who passed in the loving presence of her God & her devoted family. Mrs. O’Brien died on Friday, November 1st (The Feast of All Saints) at the Devereux Nursing Care Center of Marblehead, following a lengthy confinement.

Born & raised in Revere, she was an Immaculate Conception “girl” from inception, attending I.C. Grammar School & as an alumna of IC High School, Class of 1946. Soon after graduation she began working with N.E. Tel & Tel (Verizon) for over 35 years. She rose quickly in the ranks, as “Head” or “Lead” Operator” & then onto managerial & executive levels at the Franklin St. NE Tel & Tel & main office (often referred to as the “Motherhouse”) “Bette” came from a family of long-time working telephone workers, who appreciated their secure & pleasant work. The “girls” sought out all the overtime they could muster always holding plans for the future. Their time, maturing, was outstanding & so much an ingredient of the “the greatest generation”. Never forget the family you were blessed with and the joy of early years. Although, she was the first born to Dorothea E. (McLaughlin) Raulins & Kenneth F. Raulins, her baby early childhood brother, Kenneth F. Raulins, Jr., died early at 5 months from early childhood disease. Thusly, “Bette” was raised as an only child, enjoying the abundant attention showered upon her, for her “larger than life personality” & her absolute stunning good looks. She never ever throughout her life, lost the gift of humility, keeping the welfare of her dear & devoted family first & prime. Friends and their well-being followed until “death did them part…” Bette referred to her role as Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother as the most exciting and rewarding influence on her life. Early in her young life, as a Mother, she became absorbed in the many teacher-parent organizations at Immaculate Conception & subsequently, also became involved with the volunteering opportunities in the Parish. “Bette” was also a long-standing member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She is the beloved wife of the late Revere Fire Lt. William F. O’Brien, who passed on Oct. 9, 2000. Cherished mother to Donna M. O’Brien-Martinson & husband Gus of Reading, Debra A. Keefe & husband James V. of Stoneham, William F. O’Brien, Jr. & wife Lauren of Revere & Dorithea M. O’Brien-Julian & husband Neil of Londonderry, NH. Adored grandmother to David G. Martinson & wife Dr. Magdalena, VM of Hoboken, NJ, Brienne M. Black & husband Michael & Katelyn M. Martinson & her fiancé Eric Steinert, all of Winchester, Elizabeth M. Rybczynski & husband Dr. Jakub Rybczynki of Arlington, Erin N. Dee & husband Patrick J. Dee of No. Reading and New Hampshire Patrolman James V. Keefe, Jr. & wife Danielle of Dover, NH, Justin W. O’Brien & wife Katherine E. O’Brien, MSN of Winthrop, Connor J. O’Brien & companion Desiree Deleon of Revere, Courtney E. Julian & Brendan W. Julian, both of Londonderry, NH. Also lovingly survived by her 9 Greatgrandchildren, Alanna, William, Julia, John, Jakub, Katherine, “Kasia”, Shannon, Heidi & Madelyn “Maddie”. Devoted daughter to the late Kenneth F. & Dorothea E. (McLaughlin) Raulins & dear sister of the late Kenneth F. Raulins, Jr. Many close & proud cousins & extended family also survive “Bette”.


Visiting Hours

Friday, November 8th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Saturday, November 9th at 11:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Revere


Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Cotting School, 453 Concord Ave., Lexington, MA 02421.

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  1. Janet Steinert
    Nov 6 2019

    The Steinert family sends heartfelt condolences to Bette’s (Nana) family with hopes that time heals your grief quickly and that you find peace in the quiet times with your good memories of your Nana.

    Bob and Janet Steinert
    Waterford, Vermont

  2. Rosemarie Avolio
    Nov 3 2019

    So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing but know she is going to be praying for all who knew and loved her. She was a friend of many years and she will be missed by all. My prayers go out to all her family. Rosemarie Avolio…
    Revere. . Port Saint Lucie Florida.

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