Betty L. O'Brien

Died March 23, 2019


Mrs. Betty Lou O’Brien, 80, of Atlanta died peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones March 23, 2019.

She was born Jan. 19, 1939, in Batesville, Ark., to the late Ernest and Edna (Strother) Bullard. She resided in Atlanta since 2017 and operated and owned the Atlanta Country Cafe since October 2018. She owned numerous restaurants over the years with the Atlanta County Cafe being the 11th. Throughout her life she spent time in Breckenridge, Key West and in Michigan owning and operating the Songbird in Mio for the last 10 years with her husband Dan and daughter Peggy. Betty enjoyed playing tennis, hiking and cross country skiing when she was able. She was focused, hard-working, family-oriented and the glue that held them all together. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her loving husband, Daniel O’Brien of Atlanta; daughter, Peggy O’Brien of Atlanta; sons, Danny O’Brien and Vincent O’Brien, both of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Cole and Kevin; sisters, Jane Areco of Denver, Colo., Juanita Jones of Waterford and Emily (Jim) Smoke of Asheville, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Edna Bullard.

As were her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family has chosen to remember Betty privately at this time. A memorial service will be planned at a later date in celebration of her life at the family cabin on Muskellunge Lake.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations be made to Hospice of Michigan, Gaylord. Arrangements were entrusted to Green Funeral Home. Condolence messages may be sent via


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