June 13, 1946 – November 11, 2020
Carolyn Ann (McNelis) O’Connor passed away peacefully on November 11th following a three-year battle against cancer. Carolyn was born on June 13, 1946 to Robert M. McNelis Sr. and Lillian B. Hagan in Huntingburg, IN. The family moved around the U.S., living in Fort Myers, FL and Huntingburg, IN before settling in Joliet, IL for her high schoolyears. She graduated St. Francis Academy before completing a BSN program at St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL. She married Gerald O’Connor in 1968 and the two obtained various graduate degrees before settling down in Palm Beach, FL. Carolyn worked as a nurse educator, an L&D/Postpartum nurse, a homecare administrator, and a medical practice office manager before her retirement in 2011. She is survived by her brother, Robert McNelis, Jr. and her three children, Keira O’Connor (Joe Simodynes), Kelsey O’Connor, and Kevan O’Connor (Gwen O’Connor). They graced her with four extraordinary grandchildren – Finley Simodynes, Torin Simodynes, Eleanor O’Connor and Olivia O’Connor. She is also survived by several cherished nieces and nephews. Post divorce, Carolyn remained a devoted Catholic who loved to travel to monasteries for prayer retreats. She volunteered at various charitable organizations, including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, The Benjamin School, St. Edward Church Women's Guild, and Habitat for Humanity. Carolyn enjoyed relaxing with her brother, playing a game of bridge with friends, traveling via river boat through Europe and the Americas, and spoiling her grandchildren. Due to the pandemic, the family is planning a celebration of life event on Saturday June 12, 2021 at the Howard-Quattlebaum Funeral Home located at 754 U.S. Hwy 1, North Palm Beach, FL, 33408. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made with the notation “In Memory of Carolyn O’Connor” to MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO BOX 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486. These donations will directly fund endometrial cancer research.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
PO BOX 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486
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Sally and Don Chester
November 22, 2020
Your mom was a special lady and will be missed by many. May God guide you as your family journeys on.
November 21, 2020
Bob, Kelsey, Keira, and Kevan,
My prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your mom and sister! She sure loved all of you!
Carrie was a dear friend and will be missed!
Love and prayers,
November 17, 2020
She was awesome and I loved her very much.
I am very very sad.
November 13, 2020
Who shall find a valiant woman? Far and from the uttermost heights is the price of her. Carrie is that woman! Always the heart and soul of every get-together, Carrie, will be greatly missed.