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Natalie Flynn O’Brian graced this world with her vibrant presence on December 28, 1990. God knew her family needed her—she was the final daughter in the family full of girls. From the moment of her first breath, Natalie was a strong and resilient warrior. Lovingly known as “Pip” to her family, Natalie delighted them all with her wild-child, hilarious, brilliant, and creative spirit. Anyone who ever knew Natalie knew instantly that she was passionate, kindhearted, and resilient. Natalie’s nickname of Pip was bestowed to her early on in life, reminding her family of the character Pippi Longstocking—playful yet wildly unpredictable. In this life, she crafted strong and long-lasting relationships, awe-inspiring artwork, and her masterpiece is her son, Elliot Flynn.
Pip wanted this world to be a better place for him—for everyone. She truly could not wrap her mind around hatred, cruelty, selfishness, racism, prejudice, or any other injustice. She wanted everyone’s voice to be heard and for every person to know they mattered. She was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most empathetic person anyone has ever known. The only solace we can find in her passing is that she is not having to experience this inexpressible grief. The best way to honor Pip is to live a life that is honest, kind, compassionate, and genuine. Help those around you who do not ask for it. Treat Mother Nature with kindness and respect. Stop and smell the roses. Compliment a stranger and do kind gestures every single day. Go the extra mile. Tend to your mental health. And love all people—ALL, regardless of any differences. The world would be better with more Natalie’s and now we are short one of the best so we have some slack to pick up. If you feel like you would like to do something in addition to these things, a fund is being set up to help support her son Elliot. Contributions would be greatly appreciated.
Natalie is preceded in death by her stepfather, David Alexander, her paternal grandparents, Leon and Libby O’Brian of Branson, MO, her maternal grandparents, William and Betty Finnell of Jefferson City, MO, her aunt Peggy Dotson of Branson, MO, her uncle Lee O’Brian of Branson, MO, her cousin Greg O’Brian of Branson, MO, and her sister Kimberly O’Brian. Natalie left behind countless people who truly treasured every moment she gave us in the 31 years she was around. In addition to her precious son, Elliot, she leaves behind the love of her life, Sebastian “Sebo” Gely of Columbia, her mom, Susan Jane Alexander of Columbia, her dad, Steven O’Brian, of Columbia, sisters Jessica Weidler of Linn, MO, Bridget London of Los Angeles, CA, Andrea Robinson O’Brian of Columbia, and Stephanie O’Brian of Searcy, AR. Natalie also had several nieces and nephews whom she loved fiercely. As a CNA at Boone Hospital, we also know she has left behind many patients, colleagues, and friends who benefitted richly from her jovial spirit.
A celebration of life for Natalie is being held at CenterPoint Church (20 E. Green Meadows Rd. in Columbia) on Saturday, August 20, at 1:30pm. You are welcome to dress casually and join the family in visiting a local park afterwards in honor of our outdoor-loving Natalie. Please come prepared to share stories of our vivacious girl.
Stephanie O'Brian says
My dearest Pip, there are no words. I miss you something fierce already. I am trying so hard to remember that the 31 years I had as your sister were a gift. The world didn’t deserve you but goodness how you made it a better place. I have never known a single soul so capable of loving unconditionally, living so passionately, and laughing so uncontrollably (okay… maybe we have matched each other on the laugh). However, YOU, my precious Pippa Pip, made EVERYONE around you laugh. Not only that, we all felt safe and loved and accepted. Your hugs were strong and REAL. You were just… the best. Even last night as I slept, I heard your laugh and you saying, “Fanny Fan, wake up.” I know you will always look out for me. More importantly, I know you will look out for your dearest Elliot. You really did create such a masterpiece in him. He is the BEST! And there is an army of us left behind who will love him and advocate for him and continue to teach him loving and gentle ways as you have. I could write a book on the blessing you have been and the things you taught us. Maybe I just will. I love you, Pip. Say hi to everyone on the flipside for me. I will commune with you often out in nature.
Nora Moenck says
I’m so sorry I will be out of town. My heart aches for ALL of you guys. Much love & Hugs ??