Karen Andrews O'Connor passed away July 22, 2008, from complications of a stroke. Karen was born in 1936 in East Lansing, Michigan. She attended Hollywood Professional High School in Los Angeles, and graduated with a degree in Political Science from University of Southern California. She served as President of Chi Omega Fraternity at USC and has long been an active volunteer for the Republican Party. She taught history and government at Campbell Hall School and Argyll Academy for over 30 years. An avid swimmer in her youth, she loved living near the beach in her later years. She is remembered with love by her husband, Colonel George Francis O'Connor. She is also survived by her daughters, Kathryn Andrews, Kathleen Andrews, Kristy Andrews, and Kimberly Andrews, and by three grandchildren. She will be remembered by her sons-in-law, Jeffrey Vincent and Nicholas Briggs; and by her stepchildren, Terrance and Anita O'Connor, and Maureen and Donald McFarland. Services will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance CA. on July 29, at 2:00p.m. with burial at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.

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  1. Dear George and children, We share your sorrow in Karen’s death but rejoice in the faith that this separation is only temporary, difficult though it may be. We have the promise of the everlasting covenant that our loved ones will be there to greet us when we too must make that journey from whose bourne no traveler returns never to part again. Until then live with the beautiful memories you shared together. Karen will always remain in our hearts and memory. Our prayers are with all of you for the comfort and peace that has been promised us in times of sorrow. Our love and blessings, Hayward and Dorothy

  2. Mrs. Andrews taught me American History and Political Science at Argyll. She was a demanding teacher with high standards and whoa, she gave out some tough homework, too. Her eyes could pierce right through you, so you better not mess up in her class! My thoughts are with you, Kathy, Katie and Kristy, and with your families. I will never forget your mom.

  3. When I first started to teach at C.H., I knew Karen as an energetic and friendly teacher. The students loved her and she seemed to have a unique way of getting all the important information ‘across’. I remember bringing my vibes to play at a wedding reception for her in the M.E.H. building. I am very sorry to know that this dear colleague of mine, so supportive of students and fellow colleagues alike, one who was so curious about life and events and who lived life with a willingness to laugh – has now gone from her loved ones and departed our dear planet. I will always remember Karen with these words….. “When Irish eyes are smiling, Sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring. In the lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing. When Irish hearts are happy, All the world seems bright and gay. And when Irish eyes are smiling, Sure, they steal your heart away.”

  4. Mrs. Andrews was a favorite teacher of mine, and I remember her with affection. Her legacy is hundreds of women — and men — like me, who grew from her teaching

  5. I took U.S. Government and A.P. U.S. History from Mrs. Andrews in the mid-80’s. They were tough classes, but she taught with a smile, and I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathies to Kim and to the rest of the family. God bless.

  6. Dear Katie, Kim and Family, I am terribly sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was one of my favorite teachers and did me the kindness of writing a wonderful recommendation for me to USC. Please know that I will always remember her fondly. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy is with you. Sincerely, KJ Giffin

  7. I will always hold Karen Andrews O’Connor close to my heart. She was an outstanding teacher and mentor to me at Campbell Hall in the early 90s. She also sent to me the most inspiring and thoughtful letters through my college years. She had a tremendous spirit, and filled any room with insurmountable energy. I will always remember her passion for teaching, dedication to students, and her love of life. Karen was truly a remarkable woman. May the family find peace during this most difficult time, and know that many people are holding you all close.

  8. Mrs. Andrews was an awesome teacher who made U.S. History and Government a fun learning experience. One of the silliest things in my life to date is that I still have my U.S. Government notes from her class upstairs in my dresser. I can’t seem to part with them because of the memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you – Kathy, Katie and Kristy.

  9. My deepest condolences on the loss of Mrs. Andrews. I was her student at Argyll Academy in 1970 and 1971 and I have never forgotten her passion for teaching and her firm commitment to making us THINK. Mrs. Andrews and I had many spirited political debates: In my yearbook, she wrote “to my favorite liberal”. I am sure she would be very amused at my membership in the Seacoast Republican Women’s Council here in New Hampshire. ( SHE WAS RIGHT, of course!) Mrs. Andrews was an innovative educator and a blessing to all students fortunate enough to be seated in her classroom. All my love to you at this time of such great loss. Mimi Bergere Class of ’71

  10. With warmest thoughts to my dearest friend Kathryn Andrews and to your extended family. May you find peace and love in your shared commitment to each other. You have my deepest condolences. Love, Lois

  11. Ms. Andrews, You were a great teacher. I’ve made sure my own kids know all the words to the “Davy Crocket” song and told them about my extreme good luck to have been taught by one of the best. Kristy and Nick – all my love and prayers are with your family now. Marilyn

  12. I didn’t know Karen or her family but due to circumstances Kathy and I have become “friends from afar”. Kathy has kept me informed about the long and difficult process she and her sisters went through after Karen had her stroke. They had to undertake making difficult decisions and coping with legal and medical complications. Now that Karen is gone, the sisters will have to come to terms with their memories and sadness. I grieve with them and send my condolences to the whole family.

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a wonderfully patient woman to put up with our shenanigans over the years. She will truly be missed.

  14. I am saddened to hear of Karen’s passing – she was a wonderful friend. Her cheerful smile and snappy wit will be very much missed. I send my heartfelt condolences to George and to all the family members.

  15. I hold such wonderful memories as a student of Mrs. Andrews. Her love of history and government was infectious to all who sat in her classroom. She was a dedicated teacher and we all benefited from her passion. Missy Wharton Stalcup Class of 1971

  16. My prayers are with Karen’ daughters, particularly Kim at this time of sorrow and parting. My condolences to the whole family upon Mrs. O’Connor’s passing. Sincerely, (Former working colleague of Kim Andrews)

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