March 18, 1995 – August 14, 2013
Obituaries » BRITTANY M. O’ROURKE
O’ROURKE, BRITTANY MARIE, 18, of Hartford, passed away at her home on August 14. Brittany was born March 18, 1995, in Springfield. At the age of nine, Brittany was adopted by Kerry O’Neill and Michael O’Rourke, and resided in Marshfield, where she attended Twinfield Union School for her elementary, middle school, and one year of high school. Brittany was embraced by the small community surrounding Twinfield and had many friends she continued to stay in touch with. She relocated to Hartford with her mother and mother’s fiance, Douglas McKenney. She was often able to spend time with her father and her father’s fiancee, Holly Barrett, who still reside in Marshfield. Brittany was continuing her high school career at Hartford High School, where again she made an enormous impact on many lives. Brittany had a passion to always extend a helping hand and was pursuing a career in human services. Because of her hard work and dedication, she was given the chance to work at Valley Terrace Community Care Center, helping the elderly. She was a spirited, intelligent, beautiful young girl that enjoyed all that life had blessed her with. She was always active, energetic and full of life. She enjoyed nature and a variety of sports, such as basketball, soccer, biking, exploring, hiking, and walking. Brittany had a great love for music and arts, and it was unusual to find her in the absence of her iPod. She would often take comfort in writing poetry. Brittany always had a light-hearted battle with her mom about the taste of food vs. the quality of food, and she would often rejoice in teasing her mom about her love of junk food. Brittany was blessed with a nephew and niece and was passionate about being a great aunt and role model to them. She spent as much time as she could playing, teaching, and caring for them because they brought her so much joy and happiness. She brought a smile to everyone’s face who knew her and even those who didn’t. Brittany is survived by her mother, Kerry; her father, Michael; her grandmothers, Frieda O’Neill and Betty O’Rourke; her three sisters: Tonya Hamilton, Kimberly McLaughlin, and Brooklyn O’Rourke; a brother, Dylan Anderson; brothers-in-law: Dan Hamilton and Patrick McLaughlin; nephew and niece William and Emma Hamilton; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and her pets Bailey and Annabelle. She was predeceased by her grandfathers, John O’Neill and Mickey O’Rourke.