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OCONNOR, Edith Irene A long time resident of Lake Los Angeles for more than 33 years passed away on December 2, 2009, from congestive heart failure. Irene was born October 18, 1926, in Manheim, West Virginia. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 5. In her early career days, she was employed by the MGM Studios where she was asked to sing voice overs for the many famous actresses who were unable to sing in the popular musicals of that time. She performed with her successful sister Helen OConnor and her big band in the USO for the troops during World War II and traveled with Hollywood celebrities to sell war bonds. She raised 3 children, received her RN License and worked as a school nurse for the Simi Valley Unified School District for over 38 years by day and worked in the ER Trauma centers of Camarillo Community Hospital and Ventura County Hospital by night. She retired in 2000, and became very active in the church choir at St. Marys Mission in Lake Los Angeles and found great joy in Volunteering at the Mt. Carmel in the Desert retreat center, St. Andrews Abbey and the senior center. She used to walk 8 to 10 miles a day. She is survived by her son, Richard OConnor of Dallas, Texas, and her 2 daughters Tami Becker of Sandy, Oregon and Keri Stone of Mandan, North Dakota. Her four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 2009, at the Mt. Carmel in the Desert Retreat Center located at 39501 180th Street East, Lake Los Angeles, Calif. In lieu of flowers please make donations in her name to Mt. Carmel in the Desert and or to St. Andrews Abbey. She will truly be missed by her family and the community of Lake Los Angeles. Arrangements entrusted to Halley- Olsen-Murphy, Lancaster.

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