|Birth: ||Aug. 9, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 2004|
"Mary Ellen O'Connor Carden, 85, of Austin passed away Saturday, October 23, 2004. Mary was born August 9, 1919, in Waco, TX, to William Daniel O'Connor and Mattie Milton Wonblesdorff. After the death of her mother, when Mary was three years of age, she and her brothers Lawrence Wayne O'Connor and Dan Milton O'Connor were raised in Tyler, Texas, by their maiden aunt Martha (Mattie) Ferguson Valentine. All three have preceded her in death. Mary graduated from Tyler High School in 1937, and worked in the office of the East Texas Building and Loan. She was married July 3, 1940, to Bill Jack Carden of Tyler. Mary moved with her husband and family to Austin in 1955, where, for five years she joyfully operated a room and board facility for male students at University of Texas. A lifelong Presbyterian, Mary was a member of University Presbyterian Church. Her husband of 59 years, Bill Jack and her daughter Mary Kathleen preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, Mike Carden and wife Connie of Pasadena, Tx., and Jerry Carden and wife Rene of Austin, Tx.; grandchildren Annette Webb, Michelle Webb, of Austin, Noel Carden Thakur and her husband Ken, of Flower Mound, Texas, Emily Carden, of Austin, Alex Carden, of Lewisville, Texas, Camille Carden and Stephanie Carden of Austin. Mary was blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Joshua Chapman, Troy Webb, Carlotta Woodley, Terrill Woodley of Austin, Caleb Thakur, and Lauren and Audrey Thakur (twins) of Flower Mound, Texas. Mary also leaves sisters-in-law Betty Duerr of Tyler, Texas, Sue Maxwell of Pearland, Texas, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary will be remembered as a loving wife, a caring, giving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all. Proud of her Irish heritage, she had great zest for life, manifested in her pride and love for her family. Witty and sassy, Mary had a vast knowledge of history and the Bible. She entertained the family endlessly with her 'sayings.' Mary was selfless to the end, generous and kind to all. She was much loved and appreciated by the many who experienced her generosity...."
("Austin American-Statesman," October 26, 2004)
Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum
Created by: Merrill Austin
Record added: May 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69385851
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