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64, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Waxahachie, Texas.

Stephany was born in Honolulu on September 16th, 1954 to Gordon Lindley Pickering and Rose Elizabeth Brewer Pickering. She arrived a few days earlier than expected, and consequently was born in the family home on ‘Alewa Heights. She attended Punahou School (Class of ’72) and Baylor University in Waco, Texas and went on to graduate with a degree as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While attending Baylor, Stephany met the love of her life, Donnie Dale Conner. They were married in Waco at Miller Chapel on Baylor’s campus on June 14th, 1975.

Stephany went to work at Baylor Hospital right out of school and worked in children’s oncology, and then took a position at Irving Community Hospital working in orthopedics. After a five-year break with her children she went into school nursing in Irving, Texas. She subsequently worked as a school nurse at Duncanville High School for 25 years and retired in 2012.

Stephany loved her church, gardening, reading, and her family and grandkids. She was a devoted mother and wife to Donnie and her two boys. Places dear to her were her childhood home in Honolulu and the farm in Illinois where her mother was raised. She also loved Disney films and samurai movies, especially the ones featuring Toshiro Mifune.

Her parents, Gordon and Rose Pickering, passed away in 2009 and 2010. She is survived by husband Donnie Dale Conner of Midlothian, Texas; brother Stephen Pickering and his wife Gwen Sinclair of Honolulu; son Joshua Conner of Bynum, Texas; son Caleb Conner and his wife Crystal of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grandchildren Christian and Catherine Conner, also of Tulsa.

Services were held in Midlothian, Texas on July 27. Donations may be made in the memory of Stephany J.P. Conner to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.