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Maxine Connell

May 27th, 1921 - Oct 7th, 2017

Funeral:  2 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  5-7 p.m. Monday, October 9, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment:  Golden Cemetery


     Muriel Maxine Connell, age 96, of Flora, Illinois, went to be with her Lord and family on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Clay County Hospital. 

     Maxine was born May 27, 1921, in Clay County, the daughter of the late George and Irene (Smith) McDaniel.  She married George Bute Connell on June 1, 1938, in Clay County.  He preceded her in death February 1, 1972.

     She was a member of North Harter Christian Church.  She worked at International Shoe Company in Flora and was later a Kindergarten aide in the Louisville School District.  She also helped her husband farm.  Maxine enjoyed singing, writing poetry and gardening.

     Maxine is survived by her son: Thomas Connell and wife Andrea of Bonita Springs, FL; 6 grandchildren: Ronald Connell of Hord, Bobbi Shaw of Odessa, TX, Melanie Brown (Bill) of Altamont, Susan Pollock of Hobbs, NM, Kaycee Connell Parker (Nick) of St Charles, MO, and Kellie Connell Ricke (Dana) of Bettendorf, IA; 5 step-grandchildren: Richard Stanbaugh of Livonia, MI, James Hancock of Chesterton, IN, Sam Cook of Sandoval, and Cindy McNeely and Jeff Cook of Flora; 6 great-grandchildren: Zandra Besaw and Derick Shaw of Odessa, TX, Paige Brown of Altamont, Elle Parker of St Charles, MO, and Teddy Ricke and Annabelle Ricke of Bettendorf, IA; 1 great-great-grandchild: Emari Shaw of Hobbs, NM; as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son: Jim Connell; a daughter: Barbara Connell Pollock; 3 brothers: Robert, Harlan and Joe McDaniel; and 2 sisters: Mary McDaniel Harrison and Patricia McDaniel Hoke.

     A funeral service for Maxine Connell will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will be in Golden Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be given to Flora Gardens Activity Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.


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Bud & Linda Martin

October 8th

Tom and Family: We are sorry for your loss. Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless and comfort each of you. RIP Mrs. Connell❣️

Mary Helms

October 11th

Rest in peace beautiful lady

Tom an Sharon McCraw

October 8th

I had her for a floor lady at the shoe factory, she was the best to work for.

Wanda Eastin

October 9th

Maxine was my Kindergarten teacher-aide in North Clay, Louisville, IL. She was wonderful. always smiling, upbeat, a ray of sunshine in our Kindergarten room. It was evident she loved working with the "little ones". It's been several years since she left our classroom, but I have never forgot Maxine and warm feeling about her.

Jean McDaniel; Scott, Stacey & Jacob Norton

October 8th

We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss her.

Lori Pierson Parks

October 9th

Sincere condolences to Maxine’ s family. Maxine and I worked together as Kindergarten aides in the North Clay school district. She was a sweet lady who enjoyed sharing her poems with me. It has been a few years since I have seen Maxine but I thought of her often and the good times we shared working with the students. My sympathy to her family.

Leesa Behnke Green

October 9th

Believe Maxine was shoe inspector at shoe factory. My Mom worked there short time but really liked Maxine. Always coming home talking about her. Sorry for your loss.



Don and Mary (Cox) Smith
Carla Eastberg
Rose Anderson
Walt and Doloris Brewer
Larry Frost
Ron & Joetta Connell
Sally Millar
Vickie Hill
Jacquie Young Cooper
Sammie Wickiser
Melanie Connell-Brown
Cheryl McGee
Sharon David
Mike & Deb McKinney
Tiffany Siegler
Barb Williams
Bud & Linda Martin
Class of 1970
Diane (Blaydes) Prince
Tom an Sharon McCraw
The Butcher's
Doris Griffith
Jean McDaniel; Scott, Stacey & Jacob Norton
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Linda(Harrell) Judd
Diana Pemberton
Stessy Slunaker
Wanda Eastin
Kathleen Davis Andrews
Diana & Greg Rutland
Galen & Neoma Gill
The Residents & Staff at Flora Gardens Care Center
Deanna Fleck,& Susan,Pollock
Larry & Sue Williams
Bob Dow
Mary Helms
Jim and Sandy Sulsberger
Tyler Smith
Stephen Barber


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