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Connor wanted Ocean Springs to be the best it could be

connorBy Karen Nelson | Sun Herald | July 23, 2013This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Ethelyn Connor, the "Queen Mother" of Ocean Springs, stayed active in her community until the last months of her life.

She died Sunday at the age of 97, still holding the title of director on the state Garden Club board.

She was born in New Orleans, but in 1946 moved to Ocean Springs, where her family had a summer home. She adopted her new city with a passion, especially after her four children were educated and her husband had served two terms as mayor. Her enthusiasm lasted for decades.

Mayor Connie Moran signed a proclamation last year that declared April 28 Ethelyn Connor Day in the city. Moran said Connor was the First Lady of Ocean Springs and said that she was to the city what the Queen Mother was to England.

"She worked hard to preserve our heritage, ancient live oaks, and natural beauty of our community," Moran said Tuesday. "Her tenacity, strong will and gracious Southern charm will not be forgotten. She was a true mentor to me, and one of our city's most cherished citizens."

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