PEABODY, Mass. - Rev. Dr. Kathleen F. (French) Connor, 80, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, of natural causes, at her home in Brooksby Village in Peabody.
Born in Orford, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Fred G. and Elizabeth (Wilson) French. She lived in Orford as a young girl and also in Oxford and Manchester, N.H., where she attended schools. She graduated from New England College in Henniker, N.H.
Later in life she studied at the Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago where she earned master's and doctorate's degrees in Divinity to complete her formal education for her life vocation as an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ (UCC). Rev. Dr. Connor went on to serve churches in several cities, including Burlington, Wis.; Maui, Hawaii; and locally with the West Gloucester Trinitarian Church and Saugus First Congregational Church UCC. Among her favorite ministries was ministering to children.
"Kahu Kay" was that rare shepherd whose spiritual compassion and concern for others transformed those she taught and ministered to throughout her life. She never compromised the basic values of family, friends and faith, and she will be missed dearly, especially her gentleness, smile, hugs and her spirit of aloha.
She was the youngest child in her family of six siblings, who preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter and two sons: Colleen Connor of Oakland, Calif., Michael Connor of Baltimore, Md., and Shawn Connor of Burlington, Wis. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: A memorial service to honor her life may be planned at a future date.
Memorial donations may be made to either the American Cancer Society
, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to one of her spiritual home of churches that she served at: Plymouth Congregational Church, Burlington, WI 53105, Alameda Congregational Church, Alameda, CA 94501, or First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester, NH 03104.
Cremation service is planned with Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com
for an online obituary or to sign condolences. Also please visit a virtual memorial website available at http://kathleenfconnor.virtual-memorials.com