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Lois Marie Heemeyer O'Brien

On a day that marked her 84th birthday our beloved Lois Marie Heemeyer (LeMmon) O’Brien peacefully passed away Sept. 7, 2023, from natural causes, surrounded by the love of her family. Lois was born Sept. 7, 1939, to Harold John Harm Heemeyer of Castlewood SD, Hamlin County and Violet Marie Karrels of Tilford SD, Meade County.

Lois married Garnon A LeMmon and gave birth to four children. They later divorced.

Lois met Gary K O’Brien at Bountiful Bowl.  They fell in love and were married June 19, 1971, in North Salt Lake Utah, Davis County, merging their two families of seven children total. 

One year later with her four kids, his three kids, and a $500 loan from his dad, they opened up O’Brien Glass inside Shamrock Gas Station in Centerville.  In 1975 they purchased property across the street and down a block or two where they built the first 40x60 building.  Over the next few years, they added five more buildings.  In a different normal husband/wife business, Lois ran the employees, numbered 50 at one time, while Gary handled marketing and finances.  Lois’ brilliant mind and knack for numbers helped their business become the success it still is today.
Lois was active in the Home Builders Association on a local and national level, going to Washington D.C. several times.  She was also on the Board of the Local Chamber of Commerce.  For 15 years she ran the Bountiful High School Class of 1958 reunions. 

Up until she was injured three years ago, she was very, very active in the running of O’Brien Glass.  Even after her injury she continued to work from home as much as she could.

Lois was a devoted wife, sharing her life with her beloved husband, Gary.  She was his everything. His partner.  His sounding-board.  His Rock.  Gary will surely feel the void of her passing. 

As a mother, Lois taught her children the value of determination and hard work.  She gave her children a wonderful work ethic that continues to bless their lives every day.
Throughout her life Lois remained fiercely independent and determined to live life to the fullest. She embraced each day with a zest for life that was truly contagious.  Her spirit of adventure and her ability to find joy in the simple things will be cherished forever.  Throughout her travels, she had an uncanny ability to make lifetime friends.  She devoured books like no other.  She had a heart of gold, contagious sense of humor, and a lead foot. GO MOM!
Becoming a grandma and later a great-grandma brought immense joy to her life.  Her eyes would light up with happiness at the sight of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She treasured every moment spent with them, passing on her wisdom and unconditional love.
Lois’ determination and drive were unparalleled. She achieved remarkable success in her career.  Leaving a lasting impact on her field and inspiring countless others to pursue their dreams. Her legacy of success serves as a testament to her unwavering spirit.
As we say our goodbyes to Lois, we remember her with love and gratitude for the impact she had on our lives. Her memory will live on in our hearts a constant reminder of the importance of love, family, and resilience.
Rest in peace, dear Lois. Your love, strength, and enduring spirit will forever guide and inspire us all.  You will be deeply missed, but your memory will live on in our hearts for generations to come.
Lois is survived by her husband Gary, four of her children: Kim and (Russell) Smith, Gregory (Janene) LeMmon, Wm Paul (Susan) LeMmon, Cindy Reynolds, Tim Davis, son-in-law Robert Hill, and sister-in-law Jeanne Heemeyer.
Lois has 34 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.  Numerous nieces and nephews.
Lois is preceded in death by her father, her mother, her brothers: Myron (Mick), James (Jim) and David Heemeyer. children: Susan LeMmon Hill, Gary Scott O'Brien, and Christopher K O’Brien.

Services are being held at Russon Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful, Utah.  A viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, from 1-1:45 p.m.  The funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at 2 p.m.  Interment will be next to her daughter at Memorial Lakeview Cemetery, 1640 Lakeview Dr., Bountiful, Utah, just down from the upper road.

Services will be streamed live on Lois’s obituary at