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Jennalee "Skipper" O'Conner

February 1, 1919 — August 22, 2021

Coffeyville, Kansas

Jennalee "Skipper" O'Conner

On Sunday August 22, 2021, Jennalee “Skipper” (Spray) O’Conner a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully in Coffeyville, Kansas at the age of 102.

Skipper was born on February 1, 1919, in Coodys Bluff, Oklahoma in rural Nowata County to Fred and Claudia Spray.

On January 5, 1939, she married William “Bill” E. O’Conner in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After 65 eventful years of marriage, her husband preceded her in death in 2004.  During World War II, while Bill served in the Army, she worked making prisoner of war uniforms in Louisiana and at the Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, Kansas.  After some years as a homemaker raising children, she went to work at Automotive Control known as ACC in Independence, Kansas where she retired after more than twenty years of service.

After the death of her husband and losing her home in the 2007 flood, she became the resident of the Assisted Living at Windsor Place in Coffeyville, in 2019 she moved to Windsor Place on west first where she resided at the time of her passing.

Skipper will always be remembered by her sweet disposition, loving smile and cherished most by her two sons, William E. “Bill” O’Conner, Jr. (spouse Cynthia) of Washington, D.C., Dan O’Conner of Coffeyville; three grandchildren, Holly Strong, Casey O’Conner both of Dallas, Texas, and William E. O’Conner IV of Washington, D.C.; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 10am at Fairview Cemetery, 2400 Woodland, Coffeyville, Kansas.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 29, 2021, from 2 to 4 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas.  To leave an online message of condolence or share a memory visit

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

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Graveside Service

Monday, August 30, 2021

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Fairview Cemetery, Coffeyville


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