Octavia Braun Connolly, 86, a longtime resident of Pleasanton and Livermore, passed away on May 1, 2020, at her home in Livermore.
She was born in Richmond, Minnesota, in 1933, the only girl in a family with three older brothers. Growing up on a farm, Tave, as she was known, can be seen in pictures with a big smile on her face and holding one of the many cats that inhabited the barn.
After completing training to become a registered nurse, she moved to California in 1954 with a longtime friend from school. There she met and married Robert Connolly in 1957, giving birth to the first of their five children a year later.
In addition to being a wife and mother, Tave worked as a nurse while Robert attended the University of California, Davis, where he earned a degree in veterinary medicine. In 1967, Octavia, Robert and their family moved to Pleasanton.
Raising five children in Pleasanton, Tave was known and loved by a multitude of family, friends and acquaintances. She hosted many neighborhood Wiffle ball tournaments in her back yard, was an active member of her church community, first at Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, and later at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Livermore, and was a stand-in mom to many of her children's friends. She was always there for family with a smile, a hug or anything else that was needed.
Mrs. Connolly leaves behind a legacy of love, hope and kindness as evidenced in her children, grand-children and great-grand-children.
Octavia is survived by a brother, Jay Braun; four sons, John Connolly, Michael Connolly (Maggie), Brian Connolly (Carol), and Daniel Connolly Carmalt (Jean); and a daughter, Anne Scott (Mike). She is also survived by seven grandchildren, James Scheibli, Nicole Scheibli, Elizabeth Francesconi, Megan Sadou, Christopher Connolly, Max Carmalt, and Eleanor Carmalt; and two great grandchildren, Audrey and Lucas Francesconi.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Connolly.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Livermore.