Martha A. O'Connor
January 10, 1938 – August 28, 2019
Martha was born in Guthrie, raised her daughters, Penny and Trisha in Del City and moved to Edmond in 2001 to be closer to family.
A single mother of 2, at the age of 23, she did what she thought she could never have the confidence or strength to do. She knew early on that if this was to be her journey, she needed to trust in Jesus to carry her. Her struggles were real but her light shined in spite of her circumstances. She was God’s own.
She will always be remembered for her unique gift with children - God’s most precious token. Any child could look in to her eyes and see love, trust and safety - every child was important to her. She taught 2 year olds in Sunday school at First Southern Baptist Church in Del City for over 25 years. She then opened Aunt Martha’s Day Care in Del City and had over 20 children enrolled with a long waiting list. Her daycare and Sunday school children are adults now and are, no doubt, better for having her in their lives.
She was equally talented in administration. In her early years, she managed a Big 8 accounting firm in Oklahoma City and finished her career managing the office for her daughter’s financial planning firm.
She will always be remembered for her gentleness, kindness, humility, meekness and especially for her unique gift of giving. It was her greatest joy.
Martha is survived by her daughters, Penny Guerriero and Patricia Goodman; grandchildren: John Ryan Goodman, Nikki Kleffner, Chelsea Goodman and Apryl Guerriero; four great-grandchildren: Jace Johnson, Journey Johnson, Aria Goodman and Channing Johnson; brother, Robert Hickman; and many nieces and nephews.
- Jimmy Hickman
- John Ryan Goodman
- John Goodman
- Ronnie Hickman
- Nick Kleffner
- Jerry Miller
- Robert Hickman, Honorary
- Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 31, 2019
Martha A. O'Connor
Rachel Langan (Garner)
September 10, 2019
Most of my memories are from when I was a young child attending Martha’s home daycare with my mom, Beverly, who worked for Martha for many years. Martha was always kind to me and she had a very giving heart. She always made sure everyone felt included and loved. I last saw Martha at my own mother’s passing in August of last year. My heart goes out to Penny, Trish, John Ryan, Nikki, Chelsea, and April. I know I haven’t seen many of you in a really long time, but know you are in my prayers and that I wholeheartedly can relate to the loss you are feeling. I just found out of Martha’s passing tonight when I ran into M. Connell at work. I am saddened that I didn’t hear of this news sooner so I could have paid my respects in person. Love and prayers to you all. God Bless!
September 3, 2019
I am saddened hearing of Moppy's passing as she was known to countless children including my two, Andrew and Kaitlin. She was a beautiful person who loved Jesus , her family and children. She was such a blessing to our family. She will be deeply missed and will always hold a special place in my family's heart. I am sorry I did not hear of her passing earlier so I could attend her services to honor her and her family.
David, Melissa, Andrew and Kaitlin Connel
August 30, 2019
I met Martha in 2013 when she came to work for us (Vineyard Asset). We quickly became friends and enjoyed each others company even after she resigned in 2018 due to her health. Every client, every business contact, and every guest would always tell me the same thing about Martha. It was generally along the lines of, "She's just the sweetest/nicest/kindest person I've ever met!" And that she was.
Unfortunately, I can't make it to the funeral because I'm in San Diego, but this is somewhat appropriate because Martha loved telling of the time that Trish took her to San Diego. "It was one of the best times of my life, John!" So, I'll be thinking of her while I'm here.
Martha and I had a lot of talks about Jesus. The only person she loved more than Penny and Trish (and her very beloved grandchildren and great-granchildren) was Jesus. For us who are in Christ, Death has completely lost its sting. While I am sad our world has lost such a wonderful soul, I am beyond happy for Martha that she is w/ our Lord, and rejoice knowing that someday, we who love Christ will all get to see Martha once more. God bless my friend, and God bless her wonderful family.
August 29, 2019
Aunt Martha was such a pleasant and open-hearted person. She loved her family and going on adventures at the split of the moment. Great memories of her were crabbing in Texas City, Texas and the Matagorda Beach, Texas trips as we were kids. The gates of Heaven opened up for you and welcomed you with loving arms. We will miss you and your loving kind heart so much. I know now I have another guardian angel looking down on us. Update Mama for us kids and tell her that we miss her too! Rest in Peace Aunt Martha, we will always love you!
Lorna Lou Campbell
August 28, 2019
The best memories of my childhood were times spent at Martha's house painting dish towels, putting together puzzles, and watching old black and white movies. Martha was kind to everyone with a deep faith in the Lord. I treasure the time I got to spend with her these last couple of weeks. I shall remember you always and forever.
August 28, 2019
My favorite memories of my Aunt Martha were the summers in Matagorda, Texas. Lotsa fishing, beach time and ghost stories at night in the beach houses her and Uncle Lou would rent.
My favorite Nephew she would call me. Even wrote it in a book of magic tricks she gave me when I was in the 3rd grade. I kept that book for years and was sad when it went missing in the shuffle of life.
Rest in Peace Aunt Martha and tell Mom I said hello.
Love and miss you.
Your favorite Nephew,
August 28, 2019
There are so many wonderful memories I will always hold dear to my heart when I think of Martha. She was one of those gracious Godly women that made you feel special whenever you were around her. A kind and gentle spirit with one of the sweetest and contagious smiles. If I had to pick just one memory, it would be how she volunteered at the Civic Center and when my girls had their dance recitals, she would ask when and where they were and try and work that day. I can still picture her greeting everyone at the door as they entered the theater with a soft, welcoming hello and yes, that delightful, unforgettable smile. I will continue to be inspired by her deep devotion of faith, family and friends.