Bom-Wrapper

Helen Connors

Helen Regina Connors (Bodkin)

Monday, December 21st, 1942 - Monday, September 23rd, 2019
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Helen Connors, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family of Helen Connors with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Obituary

On Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, Helen Regina Bodkin Connors, RN, PhD, Dr PS (Hon), ANEF, FAAN, a cherished sister, mother, grandmother and friend to many, passed away peacefully from metastatic cancer at the age of 76.

Helen, the youngest of nine children, was born on December 21st, 1942, to Charles and Jane Bodkin in Philadelphia, Penn. She was raised in Villanova, Penn., and for a brief time lived in Japan, attending Yokohama High School her sophomore year and part of her junior year, and then returned to Villanova, graduating high school from Holy Child Academy in 1960.

Helen received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Villanova University and a Master of Nursing from Russell Sage College, and later her doctorate from the University of Kansas and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Russell Sage.

In 1979, Helen joined the KU School of Nursing as director of the nurse practitioner program. In 2006, Helen was a pioneer in the educational innovation in the area of information technologies in which the KU Nursing School began offering an all-online PhD program. Helen’s efforts to bring the classroom to nurses and increase the number of nurses in rural areas garnered media attention in Time magazine and CNN's spotlight on the "Heroes of Medicine."
In 2014, Dr. Connors retired from the University of Kansas after 35 years of service as Associate Dean of Integrated Technologies at the KU School of Nursing and Executive Director of the KU Center for Health Informatics.

Helen was the first E. Jean M. Hill Endowed Professor at the School of Nursing and developed academic and business partnerships to support and expand the use of health information technologies, including relationships with the Kansas Health Institute, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Cerner Corp, and HealthGate Corp. Because of her work in this area, she was appointed the first Executive Director of the University of Kansas Center for Health Informatics.
Active in professional organizations, Helen was a member of the American Academy of Nursing; the American Medical Informatics Association; the American Nurses Association; the National League for Nurses; and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Though well accomplished in her career, Helen was a dear friend to many and family was the center of her life. An avid tennis player, Helen enjoyed playing the game with friends in the Lakewood community of Lee’s Summit, Mo., where she was an active resident for more than 45 years. She also was a passionate basketball fan, always cheering for her beloved University of Kansas Jayhawks -- unless the Villanova Wildcats were playing. Her smile, laugh, and easy-going nature will be missed. Helen was never one to complain and always put others’ needs before her own.
Her life was a living example of her strong commitment to Catholicism, and Helen was a faithful parishioner of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence, Mo., for more than 45 years.
Helen’s two sons, Michael and Timothy, who survive her, were her proudest accomplishment. She was a loving mother-in-law to Heather (Michael) and to Cadie (Tim) and was a cherished “Grandmom” or “G-Mom” to six grandchildren: Ryan (23); Emilie (20); Aidan (17); Colin (15); Elise (15); and Dylan (14). She is also survived by her sister Jane (Leo) Nentwig and brother Charles (Patricia) Bodkin; and many nieces and nephews.

Please join us in celebrating a life well lived on Friday, Oct. 4 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, located at 3736 S. Lee's Summit Rd., Independence, MO 64055. Rosary begins at 9 am; a visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 am; followed by a mass.

Helen will meet her final resting place at a later date near her brothers, sisters and parents who have preceded her in death at the Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken, Penn.
Read Less

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mark's Catholic Church
    Address
    3736 South Lees Summit Road
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitation will begin with a Rosary given at 9:00am.
  • Service

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mark's Catholic Church
    Address
    3736 South Lees Summit Road
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Purchase Flowers

Consider providing a gift of comfort for the family of Helen Connors by sending flowers.

Purchase Flowers

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Helen here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
MC

Mike & Audrey Curran

Posted at 11:44am
Mike and Tim,
Sorry to hear about Helen’s passing. She was a great friend. We will always remember the fun evenings we had playing tennis and eating pizza on Friday nights many years ago.
Regards, Audrey and Mike Curran
DJ

Dorothy Johnson

Posted at 04:10pm
She was my teacher when I was in grad school at UMKC. Very sorry to hear of her passing. Dorothy Johnson
KB

Kathleen Brewer

Posted at 05:34pm
Dr. Connors was a warm, lovely person and a quintessential professional always. I enjoyed working with her at KU. RIP Helen.
Kathleen Brewer
Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Share by: