SAXTONS RIVER -- Gladys I. O'Connor, 85, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, surrounded by her loving family at Helen Porter Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness.
Mrs. O'Connor was born on April 19, 1921, to Blanch and Joseph Farrell in Bellows Falls. She was a 1940 graduate of the Bellows Falls High School.
She worked for Clark's Plumbing and Heating for 17 years, Cota & Cota Plumbing and Heating and Vermont Academy, retiring in 2001.
She was an active member of Christ's Church in Saxtons River. She found great joy in Women's Fellowship, Coffee Place and the many other facets of the church. Her greatest joys in life were found in her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
On Oct. 12, 1940, she married Robert A. O'Connor who predeceased her on Sept. 6, 1980. They spent their married life in Saxtons River.
Mrs. O'Connor is survived by a daughter, Donna (O'Connor) Carpenter and her husband, Russell Charles Carpenter; three grandchildren, Deborah Deering and her husband David, Brian Carpenter and his wife Nanette and Melissa Gill, all of Middlebury; six great-grandchildren, Mathew Deering and his wife Lisa of Shoreham, Patrick Deering, Robert Gill, Nicholas Gill, Olivia Carpenter and Spencer Carpenter, all of Middlebury; a sister-in-law, Phyllis O'Connor of Saxtons River; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by five sisters and two brothers, as well as seven brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.
In honoring Mrs. O'Connor's request, there will be no visiting hours. A funeral will take place at Christ's Church, Saxtons River, on Friday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. FENTON & HENNESSEY FUNERAL HOME in Bellows Falls is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Christ's Church, Box 649, Saxtons River, VT 05154.
The family wishes to thank Greater Falls Family Practice for their kind care to her over the years. A special thank you to Dr. Matthew Pea who she thought the world of.
A big heartfelt thank you goes out to Dr. Lewis Holmes, Dr. Scott Smith, Porter Hospital and Helen Porter Rehabilitation Center for the professional, loving care given to Mrs. O'Connor, as well as the support given to her family during her month long stay in Middlebury.u
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 17, 2007.