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Kathy Connor

March 20, 1959 - March 27, 2017

Kathy Ann Connor, 58, of Salem died Monday, March 27, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in John Day, Oregon to Jim and Michi Nishioka on March 20, 1959 and moved to Salem in 1960. Kathy lived in Salem until her marriage to John Connor on April 5, 1981. Following her marriage, she moved to Keizer where she lived for 36 years with her beloved husband John. She graduated from South Salem High School in 1977 and worked in management at Mark’s Hallmark. Kathy was a member of Lakepoint Community Church.

Kathy was an avid Volcanoes baseball fan and loved reading, going on walks, and relaxing in the sun. Most of all, she loved spending time and making scrapbooks of cherished memories with her family and friends.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Michi Nishioka.

She is survived by her husband John of Salem, daughter Joann Abulencia of Orting, Washington, grandson Marvin, brother Gary Nishioka and sister Vicki Nishioka.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Willamette Valley Hospice and the Salem Cancer Institute for their support and care.

At Kathy’s request, no public service will be held. 

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