Elnora Conner, 61, choir member, Comcast customer service representative

Elnora Conner was a leader at Canaan Baptist Church.
Elnora Conner was a leader at Canaan Baptist Church.
Posted: June 06, 2012

Elnora Conner, 61, of Germantown, who was elected president of the Martin Luther King Mass Choir of Philadelphia and Vicinity in March 2011, died of heart failure Wednesday, May 30, at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park.

A tenor, she had been a member of the choir since 2006, her friend Gail Hoffman said in an interview.

"She was kind of an independent person," Hoffman said, noting that after contacting a travel agency, Miss Conner went to the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 on her own.

"The Olympics are in Beijing," Hoffman said Miss Conner told her. "I’m going to Beijing."

And, Hoffman added, "I think that was the first time" that she had been outside the country.

Born in Beckley, W.?Va., Miss Conner earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1974 at West Virginia State College and a master’s there in 1977. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

In 1982, she began her Philadelphia career as an area representative for Opportunities Industrialization Center, the job-training organization founded by the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan.

Miss Conner was a customer service representative for Comcast Corp. from 1998 to early 2012.

Since 1991, she had been a member of Canaan Baptist Church in Germantown, where for the last 15 years she was a member of the trustee ministry. At Canaan, she was also a vacation Bible school teacher, board secretary, and budget committee chair.

In December 2011, Star of the East Chapter 19 of the Order of the Eastern Star honored her, among others, at a survivors’ banquet in Philadelphia, because she had survived heart attacks in 1990 and 2009.

Miss Conner is survived by her stepfather, James Dubenion.

A viewing was set from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Canaan Baptist Church, 5430 Pulaski Ave., before an 11 a.m. funeral there.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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