DOWNTOWN — Mary Alice O'Connor, the former school board member and volunteer whose service began during World War II and grew into leadership positions in the Tournament of Roses, Friends of the Burbank Library and the Burbank Historical Society, died early Saturday. She was 93.
Mary Alice O'Connor passed away peacefully at her home, according to her family. Dozens of well wishers visited in the days leading up to her passing, retelling stories about her life and the lessons they learned over the years.
"It made for an extraordinary surrounding. A wash of love, peacefulness and believing in yourself came over us all," said her daughter, Joan Patricia "J.P." O'Connor. "As much as we were there to comfort her in those days, we were also learning and comforting each other."
Mary Alice O'Connor served on the Burbank Unified School District Board of Education from 1961 to 1971, and later was instrumental in reopening the Starlight Bowl in 1992. Throughout that time she sold tickets to the Hollywood Bowl, introducing children and teens to classical music as the first chairwoman of the Children's Open House.