Mary E. Connors, 73, Vero Beach

Mary E. Connors, 73, died Dec. 27, 2010, at Vero Beach Hospice House.

She was born in Tulsa, Okla., and lived in Vero Beach.

Before retirement, she was the assistant to the vice president of Canada Dry in New York in 1958 and a teacher of religious studies at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Wilton, Conn.

She also co-managed a thoroughbred breeding farm in Warrenton, Va., which produced several winning stake winners at Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct racetracks.

She graduated from Gwynedd Mercy College in 1958.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, John; daughters, Madeleine, of Wilton, Ann, of Haymarket, Va., Kathryn, of Jacksonville and Noel, of Utah; and sons, Neil, of Tampa and John, of Charlotte, N.C.

A Catholic Mass and burial will be in late spring at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in New York.

Arrangements are by All County Cremation in Vero Beach.

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