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Carlene Joan (O’Brien) Downey, 47, of Montpelier, VT, and formerly of Lowell, MA, passed away at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT, on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Born in Lowell, MA, on January 17, 1965, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and JoAnne (Kerrins) O’Brien.
Carlene attended the Boston School for the Deaf and was a graduate of Framingham North High School. Carlene spent her life happy and busy as a homemaker and raising her family. She later worked as a housekeeper in the greater central Vermont area.
A talented artist, Carlene also enjoyed writing poetry, spending time with her family and many friends, helping others in their time of need and was a longtime advocate and supporter of the deaf community in the both Vermont and Massachusetts.
Carlene is survived by her longtime companion and fiancé, Kevin Hopkins of Montpelier, VT; her children, Crystal Downey of Warren, VT, and Brent Downey of Cape Cod, MA, and their father, Brian Downey, of Fitchburg, MA; a sister, Staci-Ann Reardon and her husband Michael of Land O Lakes, FL; a brother, Chad O’Brien and his wife Kim of Davenport, FL; as well as nieces, nephews, many cousins and extended family.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com.