Dec 092011

Betty Sue McConnell, 87, formerly of Holbrook, died on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at the Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va., following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at the Assembly of God Church, located at 500 Mission Lane in Holbrook. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the Holbrook Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest alongside her loving husband, Earl.

She was born on Friday, Nov. 7, 1924, in Gate City, Va., to the late Nathan Washington and Laura Helen (McConnell) Dougherty.

Following her high school graduation, Betty married her sweetheart, Earl McConnell. Earl was a hard working man throughout his life and, literally, by the sweat of his brow made a comfortable living for Betty by working in the construction industry. Earl and Betty were willing to go wherever work was to be found. Because of the many places they lived while following the construction industry, Earl and Betty were nearly able to live from coast to coast and several places in between. Some of the places they called “home” were in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, California, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania. They finally were able to move to Arizona in 1974 when Earl began working at the Cholla Power Plant right outside of Holbrook near Joseph City.

Even following her retirement, Betty was never one to be idle. While living in Holbrook, she began to work for Dale Phillips at his Holbrook Truck Plaza, and quickly became a familiar and friendly face to many of the truckers who passed through town, working as a sales clerk there. Also, she was a faithful member of the Assembly of God Church in Holbrook and thoroughly enjoyed her friendship with Pastor Skinner. During what spare time she had, Betty could frequently be found at the many bowling alleys in the towns where she lived. She loved to bowl and was quite expert at it!

Survivors include a brother, Nathan W. Dougherty, Jr. and his wife, Nella Hale Dougherty of Gate City; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and numerous great-grand-nieces and nephews; and a most devoted former daughter-in-law, Freda Mabe and her husband Jeff of Dryden, Va., who so tenderly and lovingly took care of all of her needs for the past several years. Lastly, Betty leaves many friends who can be found throughout the country and each will remember her in their own special way. Betty also knew tragedy throughout her life. She had to endure the anguish of a mother, who lost her only son, Gary, as well as her husband, Earl who was the true love of her life. She did, however, find comfort through her faith in The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and spent many hours on bended knee in prayer seeking His peace. 

In addition to her parents, son and husband, Betty was preceded in death by two sisters, Elna Dougherty Moody and Wilma Doughterty McConnell, and a brother, Paul Dougherty.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Betty’s name to the Holbrook Humane Society, 1211 Westover Ave., Holbrook, Ariz. 86025.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.