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WILLOW CONNERY


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WILLOW CONNERY Obituary
Our world lost Willow Connery, one of its finest citizens, on April 23, 2016. Willow was a force of nature, passionately full of life and ideas. She poured more than 100 years of that life into her 74 years. Willow gave unstintingly of herself to her family and friends, and to humanity in its broadest sense. She was a scholar, a person of deep and broad interests, a woman who got things done. She cared. She loved. She embraced all that was good in this world. Her many community contributions included teaching at the American Indian School, working for the League of Women Voters, tutoring for Scholars Unlimited in the Denver Public Schools, pursuing equal educational opportunity, and curating pre-Columbian artifacts at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Willow was a librarian at the Harvard Law School, and an astrometric computer at the Smithsonian Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She later attended Denver's Emily Griffith Opportunity School in ceramics and design, and became a master potter and member of the Colorado Potter's Guild for 43 years, serving a term as its president. While her life's work was pottery, her artistry encompassed sculpture, drawing, oriental brushwork, and flower painting. Her garden and her home are works of art. Willow was born in Washington, D.C., to Virginia Floyd and David Wills, went to public schools and the Holton Arms School there, and attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, working her way through and graduating cum laude. She is survived by her husband Bob, sister Nadia Wills, daughters, Kristin Connery and Shannon Connery, and grandchildren Taylor Stein, Conner Stein, and Kylan Lints. A memorial service and gathering for Willow will be held in Mitchell Hall of Denver Botanic Gardens on Monday, May 16 from 4 to 7pm.
Published in Denver Post on May 1, 2016
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