August 31, 1935 - August 8, 2014
Patricia O’Connor (Pat), a beloved sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend passed away on August 8, 2014, after a graceful but very determined fight with cancer. Throughout her illness, Pat conducted herself in a way that was an inspiration to many.
Pat was born August 31, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, the second child of Helen and Fred O’Connor. Pat was an athletic youngster: she could run like the wind and people were amazed at her skill with horses. After high school Pat enrolled at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before transferring to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Very interested in hospital work, Pat earned her degree in medical technology and worked for several years at Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago.
The weather in Chicago did not always treat Pat well and she opted to move to warmer climates, initially to Arizona and then in 1978 to Dallas. Pat continued to work in medical technology, but she also found the time and interest to be involved in real estate and small businesses. Among other things she owned two laundromats and learned how to make repairs to the washers and dryers. She was also fascinated with horology and enrolled in a program for antique watch and clock repair. Her instructor said she was the best student he had ever had. Pat had hoped to become fluent in Spanish, and took many classes toward that end. Her interests were all over the map and she thrived in pursuing them.
Pat’s mind was so sharp and inquisitive that attending classes was always part of Pat’s life. In 2004 she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from The University of Texas at Arlington and was inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. Later that year she qualified for and became a member of Mensa.
It would be remiss not to mention how much Pat loved cats. She had several cat companions over the years, and most of her friends had heard of the very special bond she had shared with Gato.
Pat’s survivors include her brother James J. (Jim) O’Connor and his wife, Ellen, their three children and grandchildren; her brother-in-law Omar Burton Wright of Hollywood, California and his four children and grandchildren: and many dear friends. Pat was predeceased by her sister, Kay, and by her nephew, John. Pat will be deeply missed. All who knew her were affected by her keen insights and her compassion for others.
The family would like to offer a special word of thanks to Pat’s team at Vitas Hospice Care, with heartfelt gratitude to Gloria, Leah, Wilma, Alberto and Peter.
At Pat’s request there will be no service in Dallas. A private service and interment will be held in Chicago on August 18, 2014.
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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061
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