Carol O'Brien

September 30, 1942 - April 10, 2017

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Carol Ann Freshwater O’Brien, 74, of North Lewisburg, OH, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, as a result of a brain hemorrhage.

She was born September 30, 1942 in Coshocton, OH to the late Kathleen Call (Freshwater) Kitchen and James Freshwater. Carol was a graduate of Urbana High School and the Ohio State University, where she earned her Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees. Carol served as teacher, counselor and gifted program educator with the Columbus Public Schools. She operated a private practice in Clinical Psychology, the Freshwater Clinic, where she used pioneering neurofeedback techniques among other successful therapies.

In 1966, she purchased 120 acres near Middleburg, OH that became Wildflower Farm. With help of staff from many organizations, two permanent conservation reserves for wildlife and waterfowl were established over the years. As a volunteer with the Ohio Wildlife Center, she donated many hours and resources to infant waterfowl rescue and release, saving hundreds. Also an avid horsewoman, she rode many Midwest and western trails on her Rocky Mountain Mare, Ribbon. She loved her gardens, cooking, and having family and friends around the table overlooking the ponds on many memorable occasions.

She is survived by her beloved spouse of 22 years, Alice M. OBrien, whom she married in Canada in 2005. She also is survived by five first cousins and many special friends, including Julia and Dennis Watkins and Betsey and John Sidorenko, whose support during her final days was immeasurable.

She is preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, Jeannine, husband, Crosby Manchester III, maternal aunts, Anna M. Ruland and Elberta Wooley, and step-father, Arthur Kitchen.

Special thanks to the caregivers with N.E. Champaign County Fire District, Memorial Hospital of Union County E.R., MedFlight, and the RMH Neurosurgical and Palliative Care/Hospice units for their professional and compassionate care.

An informal gathering to celebrate Carols life will be held from 2-5 PM on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Wildflower Farm, 6322 County Road 158, Middleburg (East Liberty), OH 43319.

Donations in Carols memory may be made to the Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Rd., Powell, OH 43065, the Human Rights Campaign, PO Box 98098, Washington, D.C, 20077-7081, or to the N.E. Champaign County Fire District, 60 Maple St., North Lewisburg, OH 43060.

Services are entrusted to FRESHWATER, McDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, North Lewisburg.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Bailey - Apr 17, 2017


Marjory Lakins - Apr 14, 2017

Safe travels Carol. Love Marj

Sharon Willis - Apr 14, 2017

My deepest sympathies to Alice and Carol’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of working for Carol when she opened Freshwater House. I have many memories of that time, and she will never be erased from my memory. You were indeed blessed to share her life.

C.h - Apr 12, 2017

Please be encouraged:
Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in paradise
Luke 23:43

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