Barbara Sue Conner
  • St. Olaf Catholic Church
    104 Norge Lane
    Williamsburg, VA 23185

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“I miss you so much, Mom!! ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Beth - williamsburg, VT

“Shelley and I were sorry to read about Barb. We both have so many fond memories of our times in Kernan and hanging out at your house. Your mom was...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Kim Funk Freiburg - Quincy, IL

“Larry and Family, When I married Ray in 1959 and came into your family I was a long was from home.(Colorado) My first time away from home.I will...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Joan Dawson - Leadville, CO

“Thinking of you all and all of the great memories we had growning up. Your mom was the "coolest". Wishing you all comfort and strength at this time...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Janet Haar Mueller - Newcastle, WY

“Please accept our condolences on the passing of a great lady. We had many great times with the Conner family. Mom valued Barb's friendship very...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: John and Susan Bedeker - Streator, IL

“I was sadden to hear the news of Barbara...she will be so missed. I always enjoyed running into her at church, the store and at school when her...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Darlene Thomas - Toano, VA

“Barbara Conner is the most beautiful person I have ever met. She made me feel as though I had known her my entire life. Barb welcomed me into the...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Sandy Dawson - Canon City, CO

“Aunt Barb was truly one of the most compassionate, gentle, kind loving souls I have ever known. I am thankful for all the wonderful memories I have...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Kelli (Dawson) Sessions - Denver, CO

“Our deepest sympathy to Larry and Family. When reading of Barb's passing, it brought back many great memories of the great neighborhood in Kernan....Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Bill & Karen Kruger - Streator, IL

“Dear Larry, Shay, Donna, Joe, Beth, Nancy, Debbie and families, My sincerest condolences to all of you. It's been a very long time since I've...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Darrell Seigler - Ottawa, IL

“to Larry and family So sorry to here of Barbs passing . She was a wonderfull person. We should all strive to be like her. GOD Bless You All. ...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: kay larson - streator, IL - r

“Sorry to hear about your loss. God knows best. May God Bless you and your family. Janice ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Janice Williams - Williamsburg, VA

“We would like to express our sympathy to Barbara's family, especially Heather whom she loved dearly. She was such a sweet lady, I know she will be...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Jim & Ginny Stewart - Rye, CO

“To Barbara's family with deepest sympathy and regards for your loss of a truly wonderful woman. All of you are a testament to how remarkable a person...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Joseph Cervini - Williamsburg, VA

“My deepest sympathy to Shay and Family: I have many fond memories of my mother and I going to visit barb when I was a young girl. She was such a...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: heather shuster - toano, VA

“I still tight love mother forever won't forget her..Yes i miss her..I am happy she is peace in heaven very beaustiful..I alway remmy she wonderful...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Mrs Debbie (Conner) Duff - Venus, TX

“We are very sorry to learn of Barbara's passing. She and Larry were so inviting and friendly to us, as well as, the their family when our son was...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Joe and Beverly Davis - VA

“My brother Dean, mother Patty, and myself send our deepest sympathies. Barb was a best friend to my mother while we were growing up and she and the...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Kim Morrison Graham - Cleveland, GA

“May Barbara's light shine through her children, husband, grandchildren, great grandchildren, neices and nephews. She will be throughly missed by her...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Tammi Dempsey - Gloucester, VA

“We are going to deeply miss you Aunt Barb! I am so greatful that we were able to visit with you and Uncle Larry last year with your "surprise" visit...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa Blue - Streator, IL - Aunt

“Barb was the most special person any of us could have ever had in our lives. We are truly blessed to have known her. Her love for family and friends...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Cindy Eaton - Largo, FL - Friend

“Beth and Family, My Deepest Sympathy to you all; I was not fortunate to know your mom, but I know you are a reflection of her so that would make her...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Ruth Barefoot - Elizabeth City, NC

“Barbara is the most amazing woman I've ever met. What is more amazing, is I, along with my brother & sisters have the honor to call her Mom. Our...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy Smith - West POint, VA

“God Bless the entire family in your time of sorrow. Barbara is resting peacefully beside God now. My prayers go out to everyone who was blessed to...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Maureen Price - Williamsburg, VA

“When I first met Barb and Larry they opened there home to me from then I we have been good Friends. Barb will be missed by us here in Streator, along...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Marty Hawley - Streator, IL

“When I first met Barb we were living in Streator Ill. I was not sure what to make of her since she was a hugger. I had never been around a friend...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Darlene Shuster - Toano, VA

“Uncle Larry and family: My deepest sympathy to all of you along with many hugs, kisses and prayers. There are many fond memories from the years on...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Kris Sayers - Coal City, IL


Barbara Sue Conner, 71, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2012, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Donald Dawson, and is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Lawrence (Moose) Conner, and their six children: Shay (Thomas) Samuel, Donna (Johnny) Thompson, Joseph (Jeanne) Conner, Beth (Linwood) Otey, Nancy (Dale) Smith, and Debbie (Sean) Duff.

To those who have only heard of her, Barbara was a wonderful wife and mother. For those who knew her, she was also an incredible friend, caregiver, and grandmother. In addition to her own children, Barbara had six grandchildren: Chea Lemus, Heather and Adam Helms, James and Chris Wallace, and Avalon Davis. She also had three great-grandchildren.

She grew up in the mountains of Colorado with her beloved brothers, Ray and Paul Dawson. After moving to Illinois, she met her love, and there they raised a wonderful family together. Job relocation brought Larry and Barbara to Williamsburg, which they have considered home for more than 40 years. She was a lover of literature, reading, and fine arts, but enjoyed nothing more than quality time with those she loved. Having a large family of her own and being a part of both her large family and her husband's afforded her many great opportunities to travel, something she truly valued. While her curiosity and exploration were limitless, Barbara's true love and final resting place is the beach.

Barbara was a devout Catholic and very active in the community at St. Olaf Catholic Church, where she and Larry were members for many years. A memorial service will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185 on Thursday, March 15, at 5:00 PM.

Our family would like to extend sincere gratitude and appreciation to her doctors, nurses, and all other staff at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center for the phenomenal care and concern given to Barbara during her final days with us. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Olaf Building Fund.

Arrangements are entrusted to Nelsen Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.