Laura E. Connely

March 31, 1917–December 15, 2019


Laura Elaine Herring Connely passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 in Tow, Texas at the age of 102. She was born March 31, 1917 in Otoe County, Nebraska to Theodore P. Herring and Hattie Frenzel Herring. Laura was a resident of Tow, Texas for 49 years since coming from Missouri.

Laura graduated from Neosho High School and married LeRoy Connely in 1937. After moving to Tow she attended the Tow Baptist Church.  She was also active in the local senior citizen group and the Disabled Veterans Ladies Auxiliary. Laura loved fishing  and gardening. In her later years she loved watching the flowers bloom and the wildlife play through the living room window.

Laura is preceded by her parents, Theodore P. Herring and Hattie Frenzel Herring; husband, LeRoy Connely; Eldest son, Donald L. Connely, and 2 daughters, Star Elaine and Terri Lynn Connely.

She is survived by her son, Robert Dale Connely and wife Marilyn Connely; daughter, Vickie Louise Connely Dillard and husband Perry L. Dillard; sister Hazel Herring Dunham; grandchildren, Ada Connely and Joshua Henderson, 2 great grandchildren,1 great great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Chapel in Kingsland, Texas with Richard Vandeventer officiating. Committal service will take place Thursday, December 26, 2019  at 2:00 P.M. in Joplin, Missouri at the Ozark Memorial Park with Dr. Phillip McClendon officiating.


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