Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Myrtle N. ‘Tom’ (Tingley) O’Brien Memorial
Myrtle N. ‘Tom’ (Tingley) O’Brien Memorial

Myrtle N. ‘Tom’ (Tingley) O’Brien

Myrtle N. ‘Tom’ (Tingley) O’Brien

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Myrtle N. ‘Tom’ (Tingley) O’Brien, 93, a lifelong Skagit County resident, passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Creekside Retirement Community in Burlington.

Myrtle was born on September 12, 1923 in Marblemount, one of nine children of Leonard & Mollie (Burleson) Buchanan.  She was raised in the Rockport area and attended school in Concrete.

On December 20, 1941 she was united in marriage to Ben Tingley and they made their home in Sedro-Woolley where they raised their family.

Myrtle later attended Skagit Valley College where she earned a degree in accounting and over the years worked for Nelson Chevrolet, Hinton GMC, Rothenbuhler Engineering and the Skagit County Health Department as an accountant.

Ben passed away in 1970 and then in October of 1971 Myrtle married Malcolm O’Brien and together they made their home in Burlington until his passing in 2002.

Myrtle enjoyed going dancing, playing bridge, tending to her flower garden and was a member of the Orthopedic Guild, the Emblem Club and the Mount Vernon Elks.

Myrtle is survived by her sons and their wives, Ron & Wendy Tingley and Tom & Nancy Tingley all of Sedro-Woolley; 5 grandchildren, Cathy Dillard-Cozza, Jeannie Wright, Andrea Shick  (David) and Josh & Paul (Rhonda) Tingley; 8 great-grandchildren, Rachael & Jessica Tingley, Robert & Austin Wright, Moira Reyman, Mike, Joel,  and Courtney Cozza, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband’s Ben & Malcolm; daughter, Julie Ann Ganske; grandson, Robert Tingley; sister Edna ‘Milas’ Porter and brothers, Lewis ‘Rusty’, Lawrence ‘Weasel’, Ralph ‘Raffey’, twins Roy ‘Mick’ & Ray ‘Dode’ and Bill ‘Peanuts’ Buchanan.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association or a charity of your choice.  The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Creekside and to Hospice of the Northwest.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12 noon at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Sedro-Woolley. Visitation opportunities will be available Monday thru Friday from 9 to 5 at Lemley Chapel. Private interment will be at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery.


  • Lora

    My sincere condolences for the loss of Myrtle. I hope you are able to look back with fondness on the times you shared and are comforted. May God’s promise of a future resurrection, found at John 5:28 & 29, bring you peace and hope during this most difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  • Beth Barrett

    Myrtle was a beautiful and dignified lady who graced our family after her marriage to my Uncle Malcolm O’Brien. She was always kind and thoughtful at the many holiday dinners and other events she attended, many at the home of my parents, Keith and Helen Barrett. She loved her family dearly and I offer all my condolences to them.
    Beth Barrett