The former ‘Girls Next Door’ star pays tribute to Hugh Hefner’s secretary on her personal blog, highlighting Mary’s legacy and the impression she left on the reality star’s life.
Sadly, Mary O’Connor died on Jan. 27, at the age of 84, in Sherman Oaks, California, after working at the Playboy mansion for more than 40 years. She acted as a “therapist” and “mom” for multiple playmates throughout the years, including Kendra Wilkinson, who is “devastated” by Mary’s passing.
“I’m devastated to hear about the passing of Mary O’Connor,” Kendra wrote on her personal blog on Jan. 30. “Some of you probably recognize her as Hef’s secretary from The Girls Next Door. But Mary was a lot more than that to those who knew her.”
Mary was “almost like a therapist” for the girls at the mansion, Kendra says. “Over the years, she helped me through a lot. She was a shoulder to cry on when I needed it and [was] always there to give me advice when I was going through a tough time.”
“I have so many great memories of Mary. She always invited me to her home for Monday night card games with her and her girlfriends but I would end up watching football with her husband Captain Bob instead. Mary also brought me along to her favorite getaway place, Branson, Missouri, which I will never forget. I felt so special that she invited me to her getaway with her and it was so nice to see where she went away to. One of my favorite memories of her that I’ll never forget is when she showed up at my bridal shower wearing a shower cap, while all of my friends were in risqué outfits. She also held my baby shower for Lil’ Hank which is something I will always be thankful for. She was a wonderful person and I wouldn’t be the person I am without her,” Kendra concluded.
It’s clear that Mary will be missed by friends, family, fans and HollywoodLife.com.
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