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Laura Lee (Dudley) Connor

December 4th, 2021

Laura Lee (Dudley) Connor, age 69, of North Oxford, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2021, surrounded by family and friends.

Laura was born on Father’s Day, June 15, 1952, in Whitinsville (Village of Northbridge), MA; she was the cherished daughter of James and Margaret (Wiback) Dudley. Laura was raised in Leicester, MA and later moved to Wilmington, where she raised her three boys: Joe, Jimbo and Jeff. Laura was a dedicated mother; she was very close to her children and loved spending time with them. Laura was so excited to become a “Grammy” to her grandchildren; they brought her so much joy. She was looking forward to the birth of her new grandson, Wesley, in March.

Laura worked for National Grid for many years. She was a loyal and dedicated worker; she loved her job; and she made many friends. Laura often volunteered for storm duty and worked through many snowstorms, and heat waves; she never let weather get in the way of her work.

Laura loved music of all kinds. She was a disk jockey for a number of years as one half of the team “Heart & Soul”. She loved going to concerts and dancing; She was a passionate fan of the Red Sox including David “Big Papi” Ortiz. She loved food, fun, friends, and family.

Laura will be remembered as a person who was happy, fun, energetic, generous, and kind. She was a loyal friend. She could teach herself to do anything and was not afraid to try anything once. She was also a registered organ donor, which is so fitting, for she was always a giving person and has now given the ultimate gift of life to others in need.

Laura was the devoted mother of Joseph Connor, Jr. of Lowell, Jeffrey Connor & his wife Marissa (Norko) Connor of Bristow, VA, and the late James “Jimbo” Connor & his wife Jillian (DeBlois) Connor of Allenstown, NH, loving “Grammy” of Cheyenne, Dakota, Juliette, Brayden, and Camille, cherished daughter Margaret (Wiback) Dudley of Fort Lauderdale, FL and the late James Dudley, dear sister of David Dudley of Spencer, MA, James Dudley & his partner Mildred Zayas of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Nancy Rotolo & her husband Fran of Leicester, MA, and Jayme Dudley of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Laura is also survived by her beloved dog Daisy, her nieces, and many friends.

Family and friends will gather at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, December 8th at 9:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 7th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

To ensure the health and safety of all those who participate in the services, we ask attendees when indoors to wear masks and observe social distancing.

Memorial donations in Laura’s name may be made to The Jillian Connor Children Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 224 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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26 Entries in Guest Book for “Laura Lee (Dudley) Connor”

  1. Carrie Koivula says:

    You will be missed dearly at work my co-worker and friend we had our fun.
    You received your angel wings too soon my heart goes out to your family.

  2. Patty Hackett says:

    You will be missed. You had a strength to carry on after the loss of one of your beloved sons and you carried on and moved on with your life. You’re legacy will live on in the ones you left behind. I didn’t know you that well but you left a lasting impression on me. I am very sad but I hope you and your son are looking down on your loved ones. Enjoy your time in heaven until your loved ones join you again.

  3. Luis Arce says:

    God Bless Laura … We shared so many good times together, she will be remembered forever, … May God help Laura’s Family get thou what I know is a difficult time in their lives! … Chin up!!! … Laura would have wanted it that way!

  4. Kathy Perreault says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. She was so happy with her life right now. She had plans for the future that made her smile. She was a great neighbor and friend. She is now with her son but I’m sure going to be missed by her other sons and her grandchildren.. Rest in peace Laura. Aka RED SOXX.

  5. Fran Morrier says:

    Laura was my neighbor. I’m shocked and saddened to hear this. Laura was a generous, fun loving person. We often chatted in the hallway. She was quick to laugh but also told me about the loss of her son and how difficult that was. I will miss her and send my condolences to her family-especially her children and grandchildren.

  6. Jan says:

    My sincere condolences go out to Laura’s Family. She was a great friend I met in Meetup. Laura was always Fun to be around. Laura (Red Soxx) you will be missed. I know you are dancing up in Heaven and I can hear the music ????. May you Rest In Peace ??????. You Will Be Missed ????????

  7. Peter M Sielis says:

    Such sad news my sincere condolences to the family.

  8. John j. (Jack) toomey says:

    Sorry to hear of Laura’s passing!! Heart goes out to her family!!

  9. Wendy Gould says:

    To the family of my friend Laura,

    I am heartbroken to hear of Laura’s passing. I also met her thru the Meetup group and our friendship grew from there. Please know that her Infectious smile and caring personality meant so much to myself and the many lives she touched. She enjoyed being with others to share her love of music and bring happiness to their lives She was always so proud of her sons and their families. She will be missed. ????? ????

  10. Bridget Reynolds says:

    Laura I met you at a time when I was trying to discover who I was after the loss of my Dad. You took me under your wing and showered me with kindness. I will never forget you my friend. I will continue to spread Sunshine and kindness in your memory. I will go out to eat this week and leave a 100% Tip, something I remember you doing from time time (always generous) and tell them it’s to spread kindness in your memory.

  11. Doug Arnold says:

    A pillar of warmth and good cheer is gone from this world. Laura will be greatly missed.

  12. Laura Poulin-Harkins says:

    I’m a neighbor of Laura’s. I would frequently chat with her in the hallway. She was a caring, thoughtful lady who will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. May she rest in peace ????

  13. Alex & Leslie Norko says:

    We met Laura when her son Jeff married our daughter Marissa. We loved hearing about the events she sponsored, pre-covid, for get togethers and fun. We met up with her just before Thanksgiving this year at Chuck’s Steak House / Margaritagrill, a restaurant close to her house that she loved. The manager met us when it opened at 4pm and welcomed her and us like old friends. It was a special treat and we celebrated with ultimate margaritas and cheese cake. Laura skipped since she was prepping for her trip to Key West, but we indulged figuring we would treat. It was not to be. Gracious as she was she picked up the bill. The world will be a little less joyful without her and this holiday season, let’s toast to her abundant world view and life.

  14. Daniel Pasquale says:

    Many prayers for Laura and her loved ones. Laura was always upbeat and positive and a pleasure to be around. Bless her loved ones at this tough time .
    Dan & Gerlinda Pasquale

  15. Irene Dabrowski says:

    Sorry to hear of Laura passing. She was my neighbor. A friendly and caring person. She will be missed.

  16. Karen Denehy says:

    My friend since 2nd grade, I know you will never be forgotten by anyone who knew you on this earth. You will be a beautiful angel watching over your loved ones.

  17. Ron Mallett says:

    My heart is broken. Dear Laura thank you for the joy and love you brought into my life. I’ll be forever grateful that I met you. You’ll always be in my heart and I’ll always remember you.

  18. Sean Harkins says:

    so so sad she was my upstairs neighbor she was a very nice person will miss our chats in the passing in parking lot or hall way. my thoughts and prayers for her family may you rest in peace.

  19. Dave Carlson says:

    Laura’s and my family were friends for years, as my mother Nancy, and her mother Greta grew up together. Laura was the disc jockey at my wedding about 30 years ago. The music was great, and she made it a lot of fun! Laura was always a sweet, wonderful person. Her family will be in my prayers.

  20. Linda Colby says:

    Laura and I went to Leicester High School together. I remember her as a fun-loving girl whom everyone liked. My the Lord hold Laura in the palms of his hands for all eternity. My condolences to her family.

  21. Teresa Brodeur says:

    Laura, Just talked to you a few months ago. So sad to see your gone..
    I will always be glad to have you for a neighbor.

  22. Renie Shannon says:

    Words cannot express how sad I am about hearing about your passing! Laura lived across the hall from me. With our work schedules we were like ships in the night, but we always found time to chat coming or going. During Lockdown, when everything was closed, we were able to spend more time together along with our other neighbor. I will miss you and Daisy so much!! It was always so fun when Daisy ran out to greet me!!

  23. Margaret (Peggy Perry) DaRos says:

    I was a neighbor and friend of Laura’s when we were children, and reconnected as adults via Facebook. When she was struck by a car as a young girl, in a cast the length of her body, I helped to care for her. My heart broke when I saw the posting of her passing. A smiling, fun-loving, beautiful soul with warm, loving energy…she will be deeply missed.

  24. Michael Dellacava says:

    My deepest condolences to the family.

  25. Candy says:

    Our deepest condolences. Laura was the nicest person, she will be missed. She has gone through some tough times, always upbeat and looking forward for retirement and her trip to Florida.You will be missed Sincerely your friends from Bentley’s

  26. Marion Miller says:

    Laura, I haven’t seen you for several years but just came upon this notice of your passing. You were a happy person who loved her family, and we had many great talks and lots of laughs. Rest in Peace my friend.

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