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DOWNEY, CARLENE JOAN O'BRIEN, 47
DOWNEY, CARLENE JOAN O'BRIEN, 47, of Montpelier and formerly of Lowell, Mass., passed away at Fletcher Allen Health Care on October 23. Born in Lowell on Jan. 17, 1965, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and JoAnne (Kerrins) O'Brien. Carlene attended the Boston School for the Deaf and was a graduate of Framingham North High School. Carlene spent her life happy and busy as a homemaker and raising her family. She later worked as a housekeeper in the greater central Vermont area. A talented artist, Carlene also enjoyed writing poetry, spending time with her family and many friends, helping others in their time of need and was a longtime advocate and supporter of the deaf community in both Vermont and Massachusetts. Carlene is survived by her longtime companion and fiancé, Kevin Hopkins, of Montpelier; her children, Crystal Downey, of Warren, Brent Downey, of Cape Cod, Mass., and their father, Brian Downey, of Fitchburg, Mass.; a sister, Staci-Ann Reardon, and husband, Michael, of Land O Lakes, Fla.; a brother, Chad O'Brien, and wife, Kim, of Davenport, Fla.; as well as nieces, nephews, many cousins and extended family.
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