Dorothy Edna O'Connor
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Dorothy Edna O'Connor
  • December 24, 1919 - March 8, 2015
  • Vermont

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Dorothy Edna O' Connor, age 95, passed away on March 8, 2015 at the Gill Home in Ludlow, surrounded by her family . She was born December 24, 1919 in Ludlow, daughter of Fred Sawyer and Inez May (Stearns) Hemenway. She grew up on the family farm on Hemenway Hill with her brothers and sisters, developing a deep love for farming and all of the animals. She especially loved dogs and horses. In her earlier years she raised St. Bernards, "Okemo" being her favorite. Later on she raised Boston Terrier puppies for many years. Her love for horses was a lifelong passion, from riding bareback standing up, to parading them down Main street, taking trail rides and overnight camping trips with her cherished friends in the Klip Klop Klub, to raising and caring for her ponies and her equine beauties- "Princess", "Little Bit", and "Banner".
"Dot", as she was better known, married Edwin Thomas O'Connor on August 22, 1942. After his service to our country in WWII, they purchased the 100 acre Moore Farm on what is known as O'Connor Hill today. Dad renovated the old farm house and barns throughout the years while Mom developed the farm, milked the cows, tended to the chickens, geese, pigs, and her beloved horses and dogs. She loved the solitude of mending her own fences and mowing the lawns and any other place she could travel with her mower. They enjoyed many years of gatherings for cook outs and time with family and friends.
Dot attended Ludlow schools and graduated from Black River Academy. She worked at Jewell Brook woolen mill for a time, and was active in the Civil Defense Corps, the Women's Relief Corps, and the Grange. She was a member of Ballard- Hobart American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 36 in Ludlow. She was a frequent letter writer to the Black River Tribune editorial page and was more than happy to express her views on local politics and issues.
Dot is survived by her three children Gerald F. O'Connor, Donna L. Crossman, and Kathleen A. Richardson, all of Ludlow, Vt. She has ten grandchildren, Kelly Spaulding, Michael Crossman, David Van Guilder, Pamela Hamel, Daniel Van Guilder, Deborah DeLong, Dennis Van Guilder, Brian Crossman, Kimberly Crossman, Darcy Sanderson; fifteen great grandchildren; and two great -great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Helen Holden and Freda Ahonen both of Ludlow, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin and she was a Gold Star Mother as a result of the death of her youngest son, Lance Corporal Edwin T. O' Connor Jr., USMC during the Vietnam War. She was also predeceased by her parents and two brothers Fred S. Hemenway and Howard Hemenway. Memorial contributions can be made to Vietnam Veterans Of America Chapter in Chester, Vermont, or to a charity of your choice. Funeral services will be scheduled in the spring with burial at Pleasant View Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ludlow Vt. When they asked what her occupation was, they suggested homemaker. I thought a second, then laughed and said, "Ma wouldn't like that title, better put down farmer, for that was her passion and she was happiest out on her farm in the hills of Vermont surveying all the beauty, solace, and tranquility she found there.
Arrangements under the direction of Adams Funeral Homes, Ludlow, Vermont.