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.

Sign A Guestbook

Offer a personal message of sympathy...

By sharing a fond memory or writing a kind tribute, you will be providing a comforting keepsake to those in mourning. If you have an existing account with this site, you may log in with that below. Otherwise, you can create an account by clicking on the Log in button below, and then register to create your account.

(0) entries

Sign the guestbook.

Thank you for helping us ensure that all guest book entries are positive and considerate. If you see a negative or inappropriate comment, please click on the link in the comment to report it, and a staff member will follow up immediately.