Kendra L. O'Brien

kendra o'brien
Kendra L. O’Brien, age 39, of Elma, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, with her husband by her side. Kendra , the daughter of Darrel and Sue (Oulman) Rawhouser, was born on June 23, 1982 in Ft. Madison, IA. In 1988, she moved with her parents and family to Slidell, LA where she spent most of her younger years. While living in Slidell, Kendra found a passion for soccer and the local swim team. She took great pride in playing soccer on a team with her sister by her side and her mom coaching from the sideline. In 1996, her family relocated to Riceville, IA to be closer to family, where she discovered her true passion in life was helping others, especially the elderly. She graduated from Riceville High School in May of 2000, with a dream to one day become a nurse. As she navigated the ups and downs of the years to come in October 2007, Kendra found the love of her life, Scott O’Brien. She truly cherished every moment they had together and on June 30, 2012 they were united in marriage. From their commitment to each other came three amazing and beautiful children, Darby, Grady, and Cullen. Kendra loved Scott and their kids to the moon and back a thousand times and more. Those who were blessed to know Kendra quickly found out she was a feisty, stubborn, pure hearted gal that would do anything in her power to help anyone who needed it. She especially loved family gatherings, the Oulman Girl get togethers, and their annual O’Brien Fourth of July Fireworks. In December 2014, Kendra conquered her dreams graduating from NICC’s Nursing program as a LPN. Following graduation she worked at The Colonial Manor of Elma; Mercy One New Hampton Clinic and found her true nursing career love as being a nurse with Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage, IA. She will forever be loved here on earth by her husband Scott, children Darby (8 yrs), Grady (4 yrs), and Cullen (15 months), mother Sue Rawhouser of Elma, IA; sister Elissa Bundy and son Braxton of New Hampton, IA; parents-in-laws Dennis and Ann O’Brien of Elma, IA; brother-in-law Mike (Tammy) O’Brien and their children Brayden and Kaelyn of Jesup, IA; brother-in -law Kevin (Stacey) O’Brien and their children Emery, Adalyn, and Macoy of Elma, IA; sister-in-law Lyndsey (Brian) Sobolik and their children Henslie and Hadley of Elma,IA; aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, and MANY friends that became family. She has been reunited in heaven with her father Darrel, sister Darci, maternal grandfather Ronald Oulman, paternal grandparents Harold and Betty Rawhouser, aunt Lavonne Bouska, cousins Jodi Oulman and Marshall Luppke and grandparents-in-laws Edward & Anna O’Brien and John & Eleanor Burke. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. If you are unable to attend the funeral mass in person, please join the family via Facebook Live on Conway-Markham Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Elma, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00PM on Monday, November 8, 2021 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 3:30 PM Rosary and an 8:00 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Tuesday November 9, 2021. Online condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Elma Emergency Services Building Project in Kendra's honor.

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  1. May Kendra’s light 🕯️ continue to shine brightly though her children and husband ❤️…. love, Aunt Debbie

  2. My deepest sympathy and prayers to Scott and his little ones. My sincere sympathy’s to the O’Brien family and Kendra’s family on this tragic loss. Prayers of strength and peace to keep you all going. Russ Brincks

  3. My prayers and sympathy to Kendra’s family at this time of sorrow. Heaven has gained another special angel.

  4. Our deepest sympathy to family and friends. Kendra was a very special unique person. Love from, Aunt Maxine and daughters & families.

  5. Our deepest sympathy to Scott, their precious children and all of Kendra’s family and friends. Heaven has received a very special angel in Kendra. We will always remember her smile and the friendly way she had with everyone she met. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scott and family. It is obvious the many lives Kenfra touched and how much she will be missed. Kyle and Renae Wedeking

  7. Scott, our hearts go out to you and your family. May you find peace in the memories. Continued prayers, Jay and Karen Bruns

  8. So very sad to hear about Kendra. Please know that we will be holding all of you in the Healing Light of Christ. Rick and Mary Mihm

  9. Special prayers to Scott and those little sweethearts. Please accept our Deepest Sympathies.

  10. Sue and family we are thinking of you during this difficult time. I am sure Kendra is talking away and updating the rest of the family in heaven.

  11. There are no words that can be said that can take away this loss. Kendra will be missed by many, her smile would light up a room but she could also tell you just what she thought. Our deepest sympathies to the O’Brien family as well as Kendra’s parents and siblings. David, Carrie and Hayley Zweibohmer

  12. There are no words. Kendra and I had an unspoken connection with both losing sisters. Always greeted with a loud and warm “Hey Katie Enloe!” Prayers for Scotty, those babies, all the O’Briens, and her mom and sister.

  13. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – Elma

  14. My Heart Absolutely Breaks For Kendra’s Husband, Babies, Family. May God Give You All Strength & Peace. May Memories Keep Her Alive In Your Hearts Eternally. Prayers & God Bless You All. Heaven Gained A Beautiful Angel.

  15. As you grieve know that we are remembering you and wish we could be there to remember Kendra. Need anything I’m always here.

  16. May peace, comfort, and love be with all of you. We are sending prayers, care, and sympathy to your family today & always.

  17. My deepest sympathies to the families! I worked with Kendra at colonel manor. And she gave me my flu shot at the Osage clinic. Lol. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by us all. My prayers go out to you all at this very sad time. Chris Preston

  18. Sympathy to the Family and Friends of Kendra L. O’Brien. So sorry for their loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  19. We love you forever. Aunt Debbie, Che’, Tyrone, Ashley & family, Sadie & family, Jordan & family Oulman.

  20. As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of “Kendra O’Brien”.

  21. Kenny is such an amazing spirit; I am grateful to have spent time with and learned from her. Love and deep sympathy to Scott and kids and Sue and all.

  22. Please accept our deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family in your tragic time of loss. McDonald Supply Decorah- Wes, Steve, Marty and Dave.

  23. Scott and family. There are no words that can take the pain away that you’re feeling now. Let family and friends help you during this unimaginable time. We are sending our deepest condolences and prayers to you for strength and courage. RIP Kendra, you will be missed everyday. Neal and Lori Stapelkamp

  24. though i did not know her , my heart fell like the feather of a white dove. the saddness and loss i feel for you all is beyond words. but your faith and strength is so strong that i felt your love for her…please know that she is safe and well and you will see her again one day. until then she will be with you in the faces of your children and your hearts.

  25. Scott, Babies, Denny, Ann & Kendra’s Family Are In Our Thoughts & Prayers. Our Hearts Break For Family & Friends Left To Mourn Their Loss. God Bless

  26. Dear Scott and family, I never really got to know you, Kendra and your beautiful family, but I know Dennis and Ann well. My heart breaks for you all. I’ve added her and your families on some prayers lists in NYC and NJ. My sincerest condolences and prayers. May you find comfort and strength in your love for her, the love she has for all of you, and knowing that love never, ever ends; and comfort and strength from all of your family and friends. Let Perpetual Light shine upon Her and May She Rest in Peace. God bless Beverly Thiele and Bill Knoess

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