Dona Marie Connell
Dona Marie (Souders) Connell, 89, longtime resident of Dewar, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, in Tulsa. Dona was born Nov. 15, 1929, in Nuyaka to James William Souders and Sula (Rippy) Souders.
Dona grew up a very proud daughter and member of a pastor’s family. She was a longtime member of the Assembly of God church in several different Oklahoma communities. Recently, she had been attending the New Life Church of Henryetta.
Dona married the love of her life, Jim Jefferson Connell on May 20, 1953, in Nuyaka. They remained happily married for 62 years until Jim’s death in 2015. Dona worked for approximately 20 years at the Henryetta Hospital as a dietary aide, before her retirement. She was a loving sister, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. Dona will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved her.
Dona was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Connell; her mother and father; a son-in-law, Jim Parsley; a sister, Geneva Souders; and other relatives.
Dona is survived by three children, Donna Parsley of Henryetta, James Connell and wife Candy of Dewar, and ReBecca Yandell and husband Robert of Beggs; six grandchildren, Daniel McIntosh of Henryetta, Chuck McIntosh of Henryetta, Joe McIntosh and wife Hannah of Henryetta, Misty Baker and husband Jimmy of Dewar, Christina Cantrell of Beggs, and Jonathan Yandell and wife Angela of Ardmore; eight great grandchildren, Morgan Owen, Jasmine McIntosh, Cody baker, Danielle Baker, Drake Cantrell, Jake Cantrell, Roman Yandell, and Eva Jane Yandell; three sisters, Lola Taylor of Beggs, Betty Haynes and husband Jim of Twin Hills, and Sara Denham of Crescent; one brother, Paul Souders and wife Thelma of Nuyaka; a brother-in-law, Bill Connell of Yale; three sisters-in-law, Carolyn McKinney and husband Bill of Inola, Erma Stuckey and husband David of Moore, and Jackie Connell of Dover; as well as other extended family and many good friends.
Visitation was from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, with family present to meet and greet guests from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Integrity Funeral Service.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Robert Yandell officiating and Rev. Jonathan Yandell assisting. Interment will follow immediately at Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Joe McIntosh, Chuck McIntosh, Jonathan Yandell, Jimmy Baker, Dale Huckabay, and Troy Byrd. Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel McIntosh, Dee Tabor, and Troy Barnett.