Lois Louise Shank McConnell Etchells, 88, a long-time resident of Panacea, Florida, passed away
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peacefully at her home in Daytona Beach, Florida on Sunday, October 6, 2013. A rainbow rose over the Halifax River resting on her earthly home as she departed this life. She was born at College Township in Centre County, Pennsylvania on January 3, 1925. Lois is survived by: two daughters, Mary McConnell Geren (Frank) Machuga, Cathy McConnell Murphy (Mike) McGowan; and a son, Glenn (Linda) McConnell; her first husband, William V. McConnell; and stepdaughter, Melanie (Jeff) Brown; sister, Edna Shank Korman; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, William A. Etchells; her parents Samuel and Sarah Ballitts Shank; five sisters; and four brothers. There will be celebrations of her life at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange, FL at an 8:30 a.m. mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, and, as was her request, a scattering of her ashes at the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge into the outgoing tide at Panacea, Florida, on November 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Lois taught all who knew her to love and appreciate nature. She was an avid birder and the family requests that donations in memory of Lois be made to the Apalachee Audubon Society, PO Box 1237, Tallahassee, FL 32302 or to
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 3, 2013