Elizabeth Ann O’Connor, 76, of Baldwin City, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
Family will meet with friends from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the mortuary. Inurnment to be held later at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. The family suggests memorial contributions to Wellsville Baptist Church or Olathe Health Hospice House c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Elizabeth’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com.
Elizabeth was born March 21, 1942, in Franklin County, Kansas, the daughter of Raymond and Audrey (O’Dea) Carpenter. She lived in Madras, Oregon and moved back and forth from Oregon to Ottawa growing up. In 1959, Elizabeth moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, returning to Ottawa in 1969, and to Baldwin City in 1999.
Elizabeth was married to Alvin Ray Thurman June 26, 1971 in Kansas. He preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1996.
She was united in marriage to Donald Gene “Joe” O’Connor Nov. 21, 1999, in Arkansas. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include children, Michael LaRue, of Delray Beach, Florida; Michele Parkin (Tom), of Pomona; David Thurman, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Ron O’Connor (Debbie), of Baldwin City; Kenny O’Connor (Odree), of Ottawa; and Karen Redinger, of Baldwin City; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren with two on the way; aunt and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ray Carpenter.
Elizabeth was a devoted lifelong homemaker. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Ottawa and attended Wellsville Baptist Church.
Elizabeth enjoyed sewing, fishing, camping and a good day trip. Above all, she loved spending time with her family.