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Dorothy Partain O'Connor

Obituary for Dorothy Partain O'Connor

December 16, 1933 - October 21, 2019
Roseville, California | Age 85


Dorothy Patricia Partain O'Connor, 85, passed away on October 21, 2019 in Roseville, California of cardiac arrest. Dorothy was born in San Antonio, Texas to George and Marjory Jean (nee Hay) Partain, where her father owned and operated Partain's Pharmacy. She was proud to be a descendent of two of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" in Texas, through her direct ancestors John and Nancy (nee Smalley) Partain.

Dorothy was formerly married to James Joseph O'Connor of Syracuse, New York. Mr. O'Connor's work took Dorothy and their children around the world, including Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; Jamshedpur, India; and Houston, Texas. Some of her highlights included hosting memorable dinner gatherings for Ed Piszek and Cesar Chavez. While in India, she worked with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

Dorothy attended Our Lady of the Lake School from fifth grade onwards in San Antonio, Texas. She studied Music Education at and received her college degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. Dorothy often reminisced about her time spent at Our Lady of the Lake and her memorable classmates. Her talent for music was evident when she composed the score for the OLL School Song in middle school.

She worked in the Oil & Gas industry from 1982-1999. First, with Brown & Root, where she was tasked with engineering and construction projects throughout North America. The latter half of her business career was spent working for Phillips Petroleum in their Engineering group.

After her retirement, Dorothy traveled to visit her beloved children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In 2014, she moved to Sacramento, CA to be near her eldest son's family including her youngest granddaughter. She enjoyed many activities throughout her life, including teaching, bridge, sewing and decorating.
Dorothy took the opportunity to talk to everyone she met. She will be remembered for her inquisitive mind, stunning beauty, passionate discourse and the twinkle in her eye. Above all, she was known for her perseverance and adventurous spirit as demonstrated when she successfully navigated the rail systems of India.
Dorothy had a strong Roman Catholic faith. She was active in the Bible Study Group at Saints Peter & Paul Church in Rocklin, California.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Jean Frazier and Carolyn Lecocke, and her son, Kevin.

She is survived by three sons, Vincent, George, and Patrick, two daughters, Janice Singleton and Peggy Thornsburg, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a wealth of nieces and nephews.

"Be quiet my soul! All the beautiful voices... singing. You don't give God a chanceā€¦ to work in you.
Did you leave that here? With me? For me? Rest! My Soul! Rest in Thee!"
Dorothy P. O'Connor (composition in progress dated August 9, 2018)

The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday, November 10 at Porter Loring Mortuary.


10:00 AM

Father Martin Leopold will officiate.

Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park South.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX 78204.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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