Published in The Washington Post on August 14, 2012
Passed away peacefully on August 10, 2012, in Apopka, FL. Born October 21, 1914, to
the late Gertrude Jones Malinka and Army Captain Henry Malinka, in Washington, DC.
She was 97 years old.
She attended Western High School (1933), and business school. She married her
husband, James C. O'Brien, (deceased, 1998) in 1934, and continued to work as a
secretary until the birth of their first child in 1940.
Doris stopped working to become a full time housewife, raising four children, Ellen
Patricia, (deceased, 1958), Doris Elizabeth, James Dennis, and John Allan.
As her children grew older, Doris found the time to work as a volunteer for many years at
Providence hospital in Washington, DC. During this tenure, Doris and Jim lived in the
Washington, DC/Bethesda, MD Area until 1968. Upon Mr. O'Brien's retirement, Doris
and Jim spent summers at their home on Lake Cobosseecontee in Winthrop, Maine and
eventually made their permanent winter home in Highland Beach, Florida. The O'Briens
traveled extensively, enjoying trips and cruises all over the world.
Upon the death of her husband, Doris moved to the Apopka, FL area to be near family.
She is survived by her daughter, Doris Elizabeth Luker (Butch) of Potomac, MD, sons
James Dennis (Diana) of Apopka, FL, and John Allan of Montana, grandchildren
Kathleen Ellen Marsden (Ron) of Olney, MD and Sally Victoria O'Brien of Apopka, FL,
great -grand children Ashley Van Steelant and Justin Van Steelant of Olney, MD. Doris'
life revolved around her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The love so unselfishly given to all her family lives on in their daily lives.
Doris will be interred with her husband and daughter at Arlington National Cemetery, at a
later date still to be determined, with a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Doris' name to Vitas
Hospice of Central Florida.