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Genevieve F. O'Connor

August 9, 1926 - March 26, 2018


Genevieve Frances (Dixon) O’Connor passed peacefully from earth to heaven on 3/26/18, surrounded by her family.

Born in East Chicago, Indiana, on 8/9/26, she lived a robust, 91 years of life. Coming from a long line of Irish Catholics, she grew up with 7 siblings. After training in Claremore, OK, she worked as an RN in Texas and San Diego. She married Robert O'Connor in El Cajon, CA in 1953, and transitioned to full-time motherhood, having 9 children in 11 years. She raised her family in San Diego and had an extraordinary mantle of motherhood, even extending hospitality and spiritual care for many outside of her family. She delighted in making room for others at her table and home, her entire life.

In 1979, she began volunteering with Youth With A Mission for nearly a decade, serving in Hawaii, Montana, Oregon and Singapore; she supported Christian missionaries throughout the world. Genevieve enjoyed traveling to visit her family, and made epic journeys to Ireland, Israel, and Singapore many times. She settled in Salem, OR.

Passionate about Jewish culture in her later years, she was a part of a Messianic Fellowship. Genevieve was a learner, and enjoyed researching, reading and Bible studies. She will be remembered wearing purple and dancing whole-heartedly at family events; telling her children before they left the house, "Remember the Lord!"; laughing immensely if you tickled her neck; and serving as a present and constant pillar of love and faith for her entire family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. O’Connor, in 1995, and her daughter, Mary Margaret Musick, in 2016.

She is survived by her children Joe (Janet) O'Connor, Brigid (Thomas) Paradis, Michael (Mandy) O'Connor, Maureen (Tom) Hartenstein, Eileen O'Connor, Patrick (Laura) O'Connor, Molly (Dan) Ziriax, Rosanne O'Connor, and son-in-law (Myron Musick).

The summation of Genevieve's legacy is “Family." She created, fostered, and left behind a huge, loud, connected, and loving family, with 30 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren and counting.

A service will be held Monday, April 9th, 10am, at Salem Alliance Church and a Private Internment at Willamette National Cemetery. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

 

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