A Lasting Memory



Christine O’Brien was born in Atchison, KS in 1945. After receiving both her undergraduate and masters degree from Purdue in 1969, she went on to achieve a BS in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 1974, and worked in Kansas City in research on ALS and other neurological diseases in the early part of her career and with the health care insurance company Assurant in the latter part.

Christine had many passions in her life, one of the greatest of which was world travel. She visited Turkey, New Zealand, Scotland, and Greece to name a few. She had a deep spirit of curiosity and liked to plan her treks solo in order to have the biggest adventure. Christine also loved planting flower gardens and volunteering. Her favorites were the library, nature centers, performing arts…and Rose Brooks Center.

Christine was seldom without a canine love in her life, always Jack Russel Terriers, and at the end, it was her sweet Dani, with whom she did agility work and walked every single day.

Christine passed earlier this year, and while never a wealthy woman in finance, left two significant legacy gifts to Rose Brooks Center. One was an appreciated IRA, the other, a portion of her estate. Because of these gifts, Rose Brooks will be given further sustainability in our Pet Shelter program, and other lifesaving services. And Christine’s memory will live on.

P.S. To read more about planned giving or other unique giving opportunities without writing a check, look at these other articles by Chief Development Officer, Marla Svoboda.

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Questions about giving?
To learn more about how you can create a lasting memory at Rose Brooks Center with a planned gift, please contact Marla Svoboda, Chief Development Officer, at marla@rosebrooks.org.

Rose Brooks Is Here

Rose Brooks Center

Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Read letters from the CEO, stories about featured programs, and more here.

Bridge Program

Serving patients experiencing domestic violence in the safety of local hospitals and clinics.

Children's Programs

Offering a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.

Community Training

Since 2001, Rose Brooks Center has been providing quality domestic violence education to the Kansas City community and beyond.

Court Advocacy

Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems.

Economic Empowerment

Helping survivors repair the effects of economic abuse through credit repair, budgeting, and education.

Emergency Shelter

Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.

Employment Advocacy

Employment Advocacy includes developing job interview skills, job search, and ongoing support to survivors in maintaining employment.


Providing confidential support, information, individual safety planning, resources, and more. The 24-hour Hotline is 816-861-6100.


Helping survivors find safe, affordable housing and gain economic stability within a safe home, free from violence.

Onsite Clinic

On-site medical and healthcare services within the safety of emergency shelter.

Pet Shelter

An on-site state-of-the art pet shelter for dogs, cats, and other family pets.

Police Advocacy

Providing advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and education for officers to improve victims safety.

Project SAFE

A school-based violence prevention program working to end the cycle of domestic violence by providing support to youth dealing with violence at home or communities.


Stories about our incredible volunteers and the work they do to support our mission.