87, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2010. She was born on October 12, 1923, in Montclaire, New Jersey to Edward and Margaret Pope. She graduated from Barnard College, worked as a reporter for the Newark News , and later for many years as a teacher in the Denver Public Schools. She was an author, and a crusader for many political and environmental causes. After she was widowed in 1975, she wrote a book, Single After 50, and appeared on national television as part of a book tour. From March 1, 1986 to November 15, 1986, she walked from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. as a member of the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament. Until early this year, she was an avid hiker and tennis player. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Edward and James E. Pope, and her husband, Robert J. McConnell, who died in 1975. She is survived by her life partner, Ken Callaway of Fort Collins, her sister, Peggy Pope of New York City, sons Rob McConnell of Los Angeles, Ross McConnell of Fort Collins, and Douglas McConnell of Bakersfield, California, and grandchildren Lauren and Tim McConnell of Bakersfield, and Alex and Morgan McConnell of Fort Collins. She was a loving wife, life partner, mother, and grandmother. She will be greatly missed. She bequeathed her body to the Colorado State Anatomical Board, for the education of medical students. Donations can be made in her memory to the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, P.O. Box 271921, Fort Collins, CO 80527, poudrewildernessvolunteers.org. A celebration of her life will be held at 1900 Kedron Drive, Fort Collins, at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 31.
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Published in Denver Post on Oct. 24, 2010