Ella (Ellie) O'Connor

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Ella (Ellie) O'Connor

Born in 1933, passed away in her sleep, January 11, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimers. Ellie was born in Florida and migrated to California when she was 19, with her then, husband, Bill, her loving mother-in-law, "Maw" and her oldest daughter, Holly. After several moves, she settled in and became a long time resident of Long Beach. She is survived by her daughters Holly, her husband Jon, Melanie; children Megan and Devin, and son, Rhett; children Dylan and Jake, as well as numerous sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews throughout the country. She was preceded by her long time loving companion, Louis, her ex husband and friend, Bill, her sister, Helen and her grandson, Travis. Ellie's career spanned over 40 years, managing and overseeing several doctors' offices. She was a favorite among visiting patients who often brought her gifts and accolades. She, in turn, always had a smile, a laugh and a quick joke to make the patients feel more at ease. Ellie loved to play cards, shop, dance, play board games and watch football. She was a fierce competitor and a gentle winner. She adored playing cards and games with her grandchildren and took extreme pride in their accomplishments. She never met a stranger, in any walk of life. She always had a smile, a strong opinion, and a quick handout, if someone was in need. She was a shoulder to lean on, if needed, and a humorous, loving friend, no matter what age. Ellie loved to chat with her friends, and her children, keeping tabs, always the mother hen, checking her brood. A special thank you to the staff at Villa Angela for loving her, taking care of her and treating her with such great respect. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A bright light left this earth, but now is glowing above, for all to see, for eternity. Please donate to a in lieu of flowers. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 9, 2014
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