OCEAN PARK Betty J. McConnell, 88, a 33-year resident of the Peninsula, died at her Ocean Park residence on March 27, 2012. The daughter of Ralph and Jessie (Lisle) Cox, Betty was born in Fairview, Mont., on Oct. 4, 1923. A 1941 graduate of Fairview High School, she later graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a degree in teaching.
Initially Betty taught in a one-room schoolhouse before teaching third grade in her native Fairview for 10 years. She was employed at a bank in Fairview prior to moving to the Peninsula 33 years ago. Always one to keep busy, Betty worked at PACE Nutrition in Ilwaco for 20 years before finally retiring.
She enjoyed gardening and was particularly proud of her flowers. She enjoyed her feline companions and also was an avid poetry reader.
She and Leland Lee McConnell eloped and were married April 15, 1943. He has preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughter, Patsy Chapel of Ocean Park; a son, Michael (Mim) McConnell of Sitka, Alaska; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Private inurnment will be in Fairview, Mont. Her guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.