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Edith Ilera Thames McConnell

1916 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Edith Ilera Thames McConnell Obituary
EDITH ILERA THAMES MCCONNELL Edith Ilera Thames McConnell, a long-time Chico resident, died April 19, 2014 at Enloe Hospital after a short illness. She was 97. Edith was born November 4, 1916 to Carroll and Gertrude Thames of Coleman, Texas. Her mother died in December of that year. After her father was called to active duty in WWI, Edith was raised in the households of various uncles and aunts with her paternal grandmother. Upon her father's return from the war, he remarried and Edith eventually became the eldest of five children. She was preceded in death by brothers Harry, Robert, and Elbert Thames. She is survived by a sister, Betty Gasch, of Pittsboro, North Carolina, daughter LeAnn McConnell of Chico, son Richard McConnell and wife Karen (Biggs) of Twin Falls, Idaho, daughter Chris Lant and husband Monty, and grand-daughter Annalyse Lant, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by nine nieces and nephews and their families. In 1938 Edith entered the Lubbock Sanitarium School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas, graduating in May of 1940. In August 1941, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corp as a 2nd Lt. and served at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. She particularly enjoyed the cavalry unit on base before its disbandment. There she met Sgt. Richard F. McConnell of Chico, and on June 12, 1942 they were married in Tucson, Arizona. They returned to Chico after the war, where Mr. McConnell operated McConnell's Shoe Repair shop for many years and Edith worked at Enloe Hospital as a registered nurse until becoming employed at Chico State University Student Health Center in 1966. She retired in 1980. Edith had been an active member of The First Baptist Church of Chico. A memorial service will be held at the Veteran's Court in Glen Oaks Memorial Park, Thursday, May 22 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ted Sandberg officiating. During the long span of her life and the inevitable changes in the world she witnessed, Edith's pleasant, cheerful outlook never changed. Her life-long faith also never wavered and she knew Jesus was waiting for her. She was a rock to her family and will be greatly missed. Online condolences can be sent to the family at
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 11, 2014
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