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04/20/05

Live Oak Guardian Honored

The city of Ocean Springs honored a very special lady Wednesday. Her name is Ethelyn Connor, and she has touched a lot of lives in her 89 years.

Friends and family gathered at Marshall Park to say thanks for a job well done.

Ethelyn has always loved the beautiful trees in her city. Back in the early 70's, Ethelyn's husband Pat, was mayor of Ocean Springs.

Mayor Connor, and Ethelyn, came up with the idea of having a row of live oaks to greet people as they cross the bridge into Ocean Springs. When her husband passed away, Ethelyn took up the cause.

Now those live oaks help make Ocean Springs the beautiful city it is.

For decades now, Ethelyn has dedicated much of her life to the trees.

"I love them. It's not work, I enjoy it, really enjoy it."

Ethlynn started a tree society and has worked behind the scenes to preserve and care for the city's trees. She is also the kind of lady who doesn't take no for an answer.

Her daughter, Pat Joachim, says, "She's very tenacious. Once she starts a project, she finishes it. Sometimes we call it sheer determination."

Ethelyn Connor epitomizes the essence of southern charm, grace and humility. At the age of 89, she is a lady with boundless energy and enthusiasm.

By Jeff Lawson

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