Conner celebrates 100 years of living |

Conner celebrates 100 years of living

Aspen Times Staff Report

Native Aspenite Margaret Conner recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a small group of family and friends at the Heritage Park Nursing Home in Carbondale.

After the traditional “Happy Birthday” was sung for her, Conner entertained the guests with a rendition of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”

Born of Irish immigrant parents on Jan. 12, 1899, in east Aspen’s Riverside Addition, Conner has likely witnessed more changes in Aspen than any other resident. She was featured in both the book and the musical production of “The Quiet Years.”

She graduated from Aspen High School in 1918 and married her school sweetheart, Milton Conner, the following year. Her husband died in 1983. She has two sons, Warren and Claude, who live in Aspen. One daughter, Geri, lives in California, and another daughter, Margie, lives in Virginia. She has nine grandchildren (three of her grandsons live in Aspen) and nine great-grandchildren.

Baptized and married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she contributed untold hours to the activities of the church. Until she moved to Heritage Park at age 98, she lived in a small white house on East Hopkins Avenue behind St. Mary’s for 74 years.

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