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O’CONNOR, Mary “Dene” (nee Morrison)

January 11, 1935 – September 17, 2009

In the pink light of dawn on September 17, 2009, our wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend surrendered her soul. She was a light in our lives and our time with her was our privilege and her gift.

Dene had fond memories of her childhood in Shady Nook, Alberta. She moved to Calgary in 1953, to pursue a nursing career where she met the love of her life, Vince. For 52 years, she inspired her husband in a wonderful and loving marriage. Her huge heart and unlimited capacity for caring provided a loving foundation for many happy lives. Her children, grandchildren, extended family and long-time friends will be forever grateful. She touched the lives and hearts of all who crossed her path and made those who knew her better people. Dene dignified every acquaintance with sincerity and will live long and well in all those who knew and loved her.

“I only hope I’ve lived – when I am old, and traveling life’s last miles, to have a host of friends to walk with me.”

She embodied all that is great and beautiful in the world, and our lives are forever altered: her loving husband, Vincent; her children, Maureen O’Connor, Erin O’Connor (Tom Orlady), Brenda McInnis (Michael), James O’Connor (Bonita Croft) and Michael O’Connor (Alison); her beloved grandchildren: Duncan, Logan, Colin, Maeve, Mireille, Brendan, Grace and Callum. She also leaves her sister Isabel Ramage and brother Donald Morrison, her soul sisters Marianne Longman, Shelagh Hudon, and Maureen Benning, and many, many dear friends and relatives who will cherish her memory.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be Concelebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Mary O’Connor, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Barb & Al Maitland :

    Alan and I were sad to hear that this amazing light force had gone out. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. We considered ourselves amongst the privileged who had shared laughter with Dene and relished in the joys of family stories which she so warmly recounted. Our sincere condolences.

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  2. Melody Williams :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  3. Vince,

    Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Paul and Myra Stein

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  4. To the O’Connor Family:
    I am deeply saddened by your loss. Mrs. O’Connor was a remarkable woman that touched many lives. Her dedication to the family is obvious. I am so fortunate to have known her. We will look after Mr. O’Connor the best we can when he is back to work.
    My condolences.
    Sydney Martin

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  5. Maggie and Tony McCallum :

    Maureen & family,

    We are very sorry for your loss.

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  6. Cynthia Aizenman :

    I consider it an honour and privilege to have known this fine lady. My sincere sympathies and condolences.

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  7. The Ashley Family :

    Our heartfelt condolences to all of the family. We have many memories of your mom at the highland dancing practices and competitions. Pauline, Carol, Lynn and Donna

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  8. My condolences to Dene’s family,
    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady.

    With Sympathy,
    Joyce Roddie
    (J.Stiansen class of 1958 H+H)

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  9. Ever since I can remember, I can always remember the positive smile and laugh that our Aunt Dene radiated to myself and everyone in her presence. With such a postive and loving way it made every everybody follow her example and they too would radiate the same expressions. With such a positive atmosphere our experiences with our Aunt Dene and the O’Connor family will be cherished forever.

    Please accept our condolences and prayers for the O’Connor family

    Pat Morrison and Family

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  10. Vince:

    We were saddened to learn of Mary’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.

    Jim & Cheryl

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  11. Tony & Anne Badyk :

    Brenda & Mike.

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family during this difficult time.

    Thinking of you,

    Tony & Anne

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  12. Dolorese Carruthers :

    Vince,

    Sincere condolences on the passing of your wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Dolorese Carruthers and all the Surrogate Staff.

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  13. Glenda (Wiggins) Knight :

    Don, Isabel, Vince and family.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you today. I am saddened to learn of Dene’s passing. Some of my first memories are of Dene (I knew her as “Maggie”). She and Isabel took me to that old school in Shady Nook.

    Please accept my condolences.

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  14. Shannon McKenzie :

    Dear Mike and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Dene was a truly wonderful and extremely kind individual. I will never forget her. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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  15. I often wondered how this lady tolerated me.She was a fun loving Saint as far as I’m concerned.She had a wicked sense of humor that at times was brilliant.I am sure she is deeply missed by her family and friends.

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