The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001243351-01
Funeral Notices


Mary Elizabeth Peden O’Connor, passed away on September 28, 2019. She was 88 years old. Mary was born on August 20, 1931, in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in California. The daughter of Mary Kathryn Carson and Prosper Whitney Peden, Mary graduated from Marlborough School in Los Angeles and went on to attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, graduating with a B.A. in Education in 1953. She also earned an M.A. from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. In 1956, Mary accepted an offer to teach at Punahou School in Honolulu. Soon after arriving, she met a dashing young Naval Officer named Dennis O’Connor, and began a love affair that would last more than 60 years. Mary and Dennis married in August, 1958, and went on to raise four children in Honolulu. Dennis passed away in April, 2018. Mary is survived by her children, Dennis Jr. (Louise), Kathleen (John Lupo), Whitney (Cherie), Prosper (Sheri); grandchildren, Auli’i Dudoit (Travis), Kanoa O’Connor, Nalu O’Connor, Ellie Lupo, Clare Lupo, Jon Gregory; great-grandchildren, Paliku Dudoit, Ruth Mahie Dudoit; brothers Whitney Peden and Don Peden. Predeceased by beloved husband Dennis E. W. O’Connor and sister Sally Peden. A Memorial Service will be held on November 16, 2019 at Punahou Chapel (visitation at 2pm; service at 3pm). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Punahou School or The Villas at St. Francis.

Arrangements Provided By:
Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary