Dona Marie Connell
Dona Marie (Souders) Connell, a longtime resident of Dewar, passed from this life in the early morning hours of Friday, January 4, 2019, in Tulsa, at the age of
89. Dona was born on November 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. Dona was a loving sister, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother and she will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved her.
She is 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.