Kelley O’Connor, 62, of Lumberton, TX, was called by Jesus on February 27, 2021, at home with family and friends by her side.
She was born in Birmingham, AL on August 22, 1958. Kelley graduated from Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama and attended the University of South Alabama. She later graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana in 2002 with her daughter Alanna, with a bachelor’s degree in General Studies. Kelley also earned a Biblical Teaching Certificate alongside Al from the Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011.
Kelley married the love of her life, Al O’Connor, on August 19, 1978. They lived in Mobile, Alabama for five years and then relocated to Ponchatoula, Louisiana where they built a home together and lived for thirty-eight years. Most recently, Kelley and Al moved to Lumberton, Texas to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Kelley is survived by her husband, Al O’Connor, her two daughters, Januarie Renae O’Connor Morrison, Alanna Kelley O’Connor Traylor, son-in-loves (as she would say) Peter Israel Morrison and Matthew Paul Traylor, and ten grandchildren: Luke Jacob Morrison, Lydia Joy Morrison, Abigail Grace Morrison, Hope Elisabeth Traylor, Julia Faith Morrison, Karstyn Elise Traylor, Adam James Morrison, Rebekah Mercy Morrison, Victoria Lily Morrison, and Jude Thomas Morrison. Kelley was proceeded in death by her son Shawn O’Connor.
To know Kelley is to love her. Her greatest legacy was her love for Jesus, the life she built with Al, and her love for her children and grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. Kelley faithfully served her family and in every aspect of life she was involved in. She spent many years as a substitute teacher in elementary and high school classes as well as the In-School-Suspension supervisor at Ponchatoula High School. During this time, she loved on and mentored her own children as well as touching the lives of children and adults she interacted with on a daily basis. If you were in her path, she made you feel loved and important and was sure to show you the love of Christ. If her children or grandchildren had an event, she was there with bells on helping or just cheering them along the way. Kelley and Al both ministered to children through VBS and in the youth group at First Baptist Church in Ponchatoula for many years. Kelley was also heavily involved in the worship team at FBC Ponchatoula for many years. Kelley loved to have fun, sing songs, dance, and be silly. She loved anything that sparkled, was an avid Alabama football fan, always had the prettiest fingernails, and lit up the room wherever she went with her personality and her love for the Lord. Kelley lived out her favorite Bible verses on a daily basis: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). Her life was well lived and she will be missed by all who knew her.
A private family service is being handled by Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Vieux Carre Baptist Church. 711 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70116 in memory of Kelley O’Connor. This church facilitates a ministry to the homeless in New Orleans that Al and Kelley have worked with for many years.
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