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Thelma L. O'Connor, 94, of Cornell Street, Keyser, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Piney Valley Nursing Home, Keyser.
Born on Oct. 15, 1923, in Topeka, Kan., she was a daughter of the late Richard Alexander and Mildred Dewey (Luke) Hudspeth. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Luke Hudspeth; and a brother-in-law, Bill Medley.
Mrs. O'Connor was a 1941 graduate of Herington High School in Herington, Kan., and attended Washburn College in Topeka, Kan. She retired as a librarian with the Potomac State College Library after 29 years of service. She was a member, elder, and choir member at the Keyser Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Keyser Kiwanis Club. In 2002, she received the PSC Distinguished Service Award jointly with her husband Tom, and also received the George Hixon Award from the Kiwanis Club, also jointly with her husband. A longtime volunteer at the Heartland of Keyser Nursing Home, she also served on the Board of Directors of the Queen's-Meadow Point Cemetery, was a life member of the Mineral County Association of Retired School Employees, member of the Potomac Valley Chapter of Alumni and Friends and received her honorary degree in Library Science from Potomac State College in 2003.
Surviving are her husband of nearly 72 years, Thomas Edward O'Connor; a sister, Maxine Medley of Wichita, Kan.; and two nieces and two nephews. She is also survived by many loving friends and neighbors.
Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Keyser Presbyterian Church on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tom Forbes officiating. Friends may also call at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mrs. O'Connor's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on November 17, 2017
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