Jean L. Connor
Jean L. Connor, 102, daughter, twin sister, aunt, friend, librarian, administrator, traveler, faithful Christian, lover of nature, gardener, humorous story teller, volunteer, traveler, and poet, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Wake Robin in Shelburne,Vermont.
When asked at age 102 if she had had a good life, she responded, “I am still having it.” Her poetry, some of which has been published in two books, A Cartography of Peace and A Hinge of Joy, does a better job of expressing the essence of Jean than we can offer in an obituary. To borrow a phrase or two, Jean was “of some renown,” with many achievements and a continuing drive to create and contribute. Her poetry also reveals her willingness to be quiet, to spend time in observation, and to take joy in the simple things like the “two gray stones, one flat, one round” brought home from Maine.
Endearing to her family was her gift of seeing the humor in various situations that she encountered in her career and travels. She was good at telling the stories and was willing to let things such as her lack of mechanical ability become the source of the humor. Aunt Jean could also be counted on to give a book for every birthday or celebration and she loved to read aloud to her nephews, niece, and grand nephews. We have fond memories of time in the hammock or on the sofa listening with glee to stories like Mary Poppins. The books changed over the years but the expectation of a book never ceased.
Jean had many accomplishments and a career as a reference librarian in various public libraries and as an administrator in library development in the NY state education department. She earned her A.B. degree from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, in 1941 where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn her B.L.S. from Columbia University School of Library Science, New York, NY, in 1942.
Over the course of her career, Jean received many honors including the Capital District Chapter of American Society for Public Administration Gov. Hughes award for outstanding service in public administration, Albany, NY in 1968 and the American Library Association Reference and Adult Services Division Mudge citation for reference librarianship.
In later years, Jean belonged to a circle of poets who studied and encouraged one another. This enriched her life in many ways. Another area of great satisfaction and joy was her connection to the churches and their leadership where she worshipped. She nurtured friendships that lasted for many years including those from her 1941 college classmates.
Jean planned well for her senior years by becoming one of the original residents at Wake Robin, a CCRC in Shelburne, VT. Her life was full of good things, thoughtful contributions, and friends. She greatly appreciated the administrators and staff over the approximately 30 years that she lived there.
Jean was a member of the American Library Association and the Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne, VT.
Surviving are Jean’s niece, Diane C. Beaman of Laconia, NH; nephew Robert A. Connor of Burnsville, MN; and 3 great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her twin brother, John D. Connor and his wife, Ruth Connor of Shelburne, VT, as well as a nephew David Connor of Center Harbor, NH.
Services for Jean will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jean’s memory to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 9, Shelburne, VT 05482, The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210 or Wake Robin Library Fund, 220 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482.
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