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Obituary: Stacey Jo O'Brien-Rinner, 48, First Female Little Leaguer in San Diego County

Stacey Jo O'Brien-Rinner, 48, of West Kingston, passed away peacefully March 21, 2014 in the arms of her beloved wife, Holly J. Nichols, following a six month illness.

Born in San Diego, CA, she was the daughter of the late Ward E. and Irma J. (Guillams) Rinner.

Stacey attended Kearny Mesa High School. She was the first girl to ever play Little League in San Diego County and earned the nickname, "Ace" as an All-Star pitcher. Stacey was a highly respected manager for the Children's Place in Garden City where she not only mentored her associates in business, but also in life. She was unconditionally kind, had an adventurous spirit, and spread laughter wherever she went with her witty sense of humor. She was a lover of animals, sports and music. If you met Stacey, you liked Stacey!

Stacey adored her son, Kevin Christopher O'Brien-Rinner, who shares her kind heart, athleticism, and keen sense of humor.

Besides her wife and son, she leaves a step-daughter, Ashley (Nichols) Chase; two brothers, Kevin and Ward Rinner; a sister, Karen Rinner; and three nieces, Meghan Rinner, and Morgan and Jordan Kroitzsh.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2pm in the FAGAN-QUINN Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Boxer Rescue, Inc. PO Box 440, Grafton, MA 01519, www.theboxerrescue.org will be appreciated.

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