Euphrasia Aurelie "Lillie" CONNER

Euphrasia Aurelie "Lillie" Conner died at home in Rohnert Park on November 4, at the age of 98. She was born in New York City on July 2, 1914, at her parents home with a midwife. Her mother "Mimi" was an au pair and her father, Etienne Mottaz was the chef tournant at the Waldorf. She went to boarding school in Maine. As a teenager, she came to California with her mother via ship through the Panama Canal. Eventually settling in Marin, Lillie graduated from San Rafael High School in 1932. She then went to Munson Business College in San Francisco. She did au pair work for the Clute Family boys, Cedric and Peter. In November of 1935, Lillie married Glease Conner and took residence in the family home on the hillside behind San Rafael HS. She had her first born son when she was 26, when the winds of World War II were stirring. As did so many others, she used ration books, saved and reused everything, put up blackout curtains, gave blood, and drove her husband to work at MarinShip in Sausalito. In 1947, Lillie had her second son, and then began decades long remodeling of the home. When she wasn't procuring building materials she was earning money as a housekeeper. Lillie worked as a retail clerk at both the Elite and Cardozo food markets in San Rafael during the 50s. She and Glease traveled to Alaska and Europe and enjoyed retirement. Lillie also liked to go to Reno with the Goldenaires. She volunteered at St. Raphael's Alter Society and the D St. soup kitchen. After her husband died, she moved to Rohnert Park. Lillie leaves behind her two sons: Bill (Joan) of Rohnert Park, Rich (Cynthia) of San Ramon, her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Michael and Shannon, and greatgrandsons Nicholas and Matthew. The family thanks Dr. Saw Aye, her friend and caregiver Isabela, as well as Hospice of Petaluma. A rosary service will be held at Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E St., San Rafael, on Monday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Raphael's Church, 1104 5th Avenue., San Rafael, on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:00 a.m. Donations to are requested in lieu of flowers.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2012