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Virginia M. O'Connor
Virginia M. O'Connor
Submitted by: Bob Chada
|© Guthrie News Leader|
|Thursday, May 2, 2002|
A rosary for Virginia M. O'Connor, 82, of Lampasas, Texas, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2002 at Dodson Funeral Home in Lampasas. Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2002 at St. mary's Catholic Church in Lampasas with the Rev. James Harnan officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas under the direction of Dodson Funeral Home.
O'Connor was born January 12, 1920 in Oklahoma City to Earl and Effie Kammerdiener. She left this Earth on April 30, 2002 to take her place in Christ's eternal kingdom.
Virginia married her high school sweetheart, Robert, on September 14, 1938. She recently spoke of their first meeting. "I was in biology class and looked over and he was staring at me. After class, he asked me to carry my books and the rest is history," she said. Bob and Virginia were married 58 years.
After Bob's retirement in 1979, they relocated to Pagosa Springs, Colo., a place frequented many times while vacationing. Their wish was to enjoy the peace, beauty and serenity of what they called "God's country." Due to Bob's health, they made their final move together in 1992 and established a home in Kempner, Texas, living in a home adjacent to their son Dennis and his family.
Virginia's last years spent on the ranch were filled with great joy at being close to her beloved grandchildren, Bryan, Sheena, D. J., Casey, Shelby and Caleb. They were constantly in and out of the house to see Grandma and share their latest adventure about school or what was happening on the ranch. They made certain that she would never want for excitement.
Virginia never knew a stranger. The wants and needs of others were always placed before her own. Virginia was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and loyal friend to many. She was a devout Catholic and there is no doubt she now spends eternity with her heavenly Father. There will be many tears shed at Virginia's passing. Some will be for joy, knowing she is once again with her beloved Bob. Others will be for the extreme sadness we share and how much we will miss her. God was good to us all for having shared with us such a wonderful gift.
"Mother, we know you and Dad are looking down at us and we are grateful for the love, guidance and understanding you shared as our parents. We pray that one day we will reunite with you in Christ's heavenly kingdom. We love you, Mom."
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Bob, her parents, her oldest son, Paul, and her brother, Leonard.
Survivors include one daughter, Sue Austin and husband Don of Sugar Land, Texas; three sons, Robert O'Connor, Jr. and daughter-in-law Mary of Guthrie, Mike O'Connor and wife Rozetta of Guthrie and Dennis O'Connor and wife Janet of Kempner, Texas; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Parking Lot Fund at St. Mary's Catholic Church, PO Box 1556, Guthrie, OK 73044
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