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Mary U. Connor

November 8, 2015

Mary U. ConnorMary U. Connor, 85, of Clayton passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015, in Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown where she was rehabbing since October 15.

A calling hour will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Thursday, November 12, from 10 - 11AM. The funeral service and the burial in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Parish will be at the convenience of the family.

Mary was born in Oswego on January 18, 1930, daughter of Ernest Stanton Upton and C. Mildred (Smith) Upton. She graduated from Altmar Parish Williamstown High School and received her BA from Keuka College and her MA from Potsdam, both in Education.

She began her career in teaching at Union Academy of Belleville Central School. While there she met Robert L. Connor, also a teacher, and they married on July 3, 1954. She then taught at Glens Falls High School as a business teacher. In 1968 she began teaching at Thousand Islands High School, retiring in 1988. Along with her husband, they also owned Roosevelt Trailer Park and Cottages in Clayton for 54 years.

Mary was a member of Clayton United Methodist Church, Traveler's Club, Clayton, and NYS Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed gardening, boating, fishing, traveling, and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and attending all their events.

She is survived by her son and his wife, John R. and Patti C. Connor, Syracuse; her daughter and her husband, Jacquelyn C. and Richard E. Badour, Watertown; three grandchildren, Katie E. Wilkins and husband, David T., Burlington, VT, Maresa A. Badour, Carthage, and Leah M. Connor, Ithaca; brother and his wife, Edward and Lola Upton, Mexico, NY; two nephews, Donald and Mark Upton, and several cousins. Her husband, Robert, died August 13, 2011.

Donations in her name may be made to T. I. E. R. S., PO Box 524, Clayton United Methodist Church, 324 John St., or Clayton Community Band, PO Box 236, all in Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to Mary's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#13 Penny&John Vaccarino 2015-11-22 21:56
To the Connor Family,
We are sorry for your loss. Mary and Bob were both
wonderful people. Their strength and kindness is evident within your family members.
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#12 Marlene,Holland,Flun 2015-11-22 06:50
Mrs. Connor was one of my favorite teachers and my symphathies are with her family.
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#11 Tim and Mary LaLonde 2015-11-19 15:52
John Jackie and family-

Sorry to hear about your mom. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you.Both your parents were special people and touched a lot of lives.
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#10 Harriet Burris 2015-11-12 13:05
Your dad gave me voice lessons in high school. I met your mom after I returned to The Bay 9 years ago. I used to run into the pair of them in the lobby at River Hospital. They were special people and lived full lives. They will be missed.
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#9 Patricia Brayen 2015-11-11 23:05
John, Jackie, and your families, my brother, Mike, and I send our deepest sympathies. Your mother was a wonderful woman and a great teacher. I've always been grateful for the one business class I took - typing- from her; it allowed me to work for a living, as a legal secretary. Mike and I also have happy memories of our parents and us visiting at your home - great times. Your mother was really remarkable - gone too soon. May she rest in peace, and may your memories help to comfort you.
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#8 Karen & Walt Pevny 2015-11-10 19:24
Warmest thoughts and prayers to John and Jacky on your Mom's passing. We knew Mom for 40 years along with your Dad and we have wonderful memories. All the Pevny's and Carlino's send our best to both your families.
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#7 Paula Pecor Wills 2015-11-10 16:09
Jackie and Rick,
My love and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. Your mom was a wonderful woman who I greatly admired.

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#6 Caryl Turck Mallette 2015-11-10 11:39
My favorite teacher of all time. She was the best. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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#5 Linda D. Greene 2015-11-10 11:35
Jackie and Family,
So sorry to read of your Mom's passing. I'm in Iowa visiting my Mom and will be unable to give you my condolences in person. But know that I'm thinking of you and your family.

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#4 Tammy Christensen 2015-11-10 10:46
Mrs. Connor was an amazing woman. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the encouragement and care she showed me during high school. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
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