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Nancy O'Connor

January 27, 1936 — January 29, 2023

Nancy O’Connor 1936 - 2023

In loving memory of Nancy O’Connor (Roberts, Withers), who died January 29, 2023, in Ottawa at the age of 87. Dearly loved mother of sons Stephen Withers (Melissa Poole), Martin Withers (Joanne Withers), Kevin O’Connor (Pina Hare) and daughter Mary O’Connor (Robert D’Attilio). “Nana” Nancy adored her eleven grandchildren: Jessica, Summer, Jennifer, Ben, Tyler and Matthew Withers, Nyala, Sonoma and Angel O’Connor, and Joseph and Anna D’Attilio. The recent birth of her great-grandchild, Evelyn Stewart, brought Nancy joy. Nancy is survived by dear sisters Joyce Honsberger (Harv) and Susan Holliday (Ron). Nancy is predeceased by her beloved husband Cornelius “Con” O’Connor, parents Mary (Simpson) and James Roberts, brother James Roberts, and by her friend and ex-husband Brian Withers. She is missed by all of her family and friends.

Nancy was born in Toronto in 1936 and grew up in Sarnia. She became a registered nurse and a graduate of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She also graduated in English from Western University and was a teacher, especially enjoying teaching English-language learners. She loved music, playing piano, poetry, playing games and connecting with family and friends.

Family and friends will be received at Smith Family Centre (in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Sunday, March 12th from 12:00 to 3:00. Donations in memory of Nancy could be made to a children’s charity or a charity of your choice. Special thanks to everyone involved in her care. Tributes, donations, and condolences may be made at

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Sunday, March 12, 2023

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