Tahlequah Daily Press

March 27, 2013

Wanda Lee McConnell


VIAN — Wanda Lee McConnell, 81, of Vian, passed away March 24, 2013, in Muskogee. She was born March 17, 1932, in Braggs, the daughter of Duke Wilson and Mary Elizabeth (MCBee) Thomas.

She married Mike McConnell on June 16, 1949, in Sallisaw. McConnell was a retired nurse’s assistant, a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two daughtters and a son-in-law, Susan Carol McConnell of Tahlequah, and Denise Lea and Jeff Bemo of Muskogee; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Steven Mike and Karen McConnell of Ponca City, Nelson Glen McConnell of Ponca City, and Leslie Alan and Debbie McConnell of Evening Shade; grandchildren, Darcy McConnell, Matthew and Mary Geer, Jeremy McConnell, Brent and Leslie McConnell, Sarah Rodgers, Alan Bemo, Jennifer Ingold, Liz McConnell and Danielle McConnell; great-grandchildren, Bailey Kate, Halle Grace, Fisher, Alison, Lyric, Jaedyn, Michael Layne, Dylan, Payton and Oaks Maker; and a sister, Ellen Jo Terry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Mike McConnell; parents, Duke and Mary Thomas; her aunt who raised her, Maudie Lee McBee Smithson Webster; sister, Mary Thomas Randle; half-sister, Shirley Dotson; and two brothers, Cecil and W.A. Smithson.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Vian Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be held at Barnoskie Cemetery under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Viewing will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. at Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw.

Active pallbearers are: Alan Bemo, Matthew Geer, Jeremy McConnell, Brent McConnell, Nelson McConnell and Leslie McConnell.

Honorary pallbearers are: Steve McConnell, Jeff Bemo and Mike Smithson.

Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home, 123 S. Wheeler Ave., Sallisaw, Okla., (918) 775-4414