July 6, 1914 - Feb. 22, 2013
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SOUTH BEND - Ms. Esther McConnell, age 98, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, & sister, who resided on North Johnson Street, South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 4:50 a.m., on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Sanctuary at Holy Cross, South Bend, Indiana. Esther was born July 6, 1914 in Meridian, Mississippi to the union of Richard & Mariah (Cotton) McConnell, both of whom preceded her in death, along with a sister, Fannie B. McConnell Clayton and two brothers, Jesse and Robert McConnell. Coming from Mississippi in 2009 she moved to South Bend. Her hobbies included gardening and listening to the Williams Brothers. Survivors left to cherish her memory include her son, Cecil (Stella) McConnell; two grandchildren, Sean & Hosea Raynard McConnell; eight great-grandchildren, Symone Aubrie, Alexia Nicholle, Chynna Shantel, Jeremiah Bernard, Devin LeBoyd, Sean DeJordan, Hosea Raynard, Jr., and LaShe' Victoria; one sister, VertaBell Carter; and a sister-in-law, Corine McConnell, along with a host of other relatives and friends. Viewing for Ms. Esther McConnell will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Alford's Mortuary. Arrangements have been entrusted with Alford's Mortuary, where messages of condolence may be e-mailed to Alfordsmortuary@att.net c/o: The McConnell family.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 24, 2013