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Mrs. Connell

The Jones County News of Gray, Georgia

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VIRGINIA: Marianne Louise Simpson Connell, 53, passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2015, following a 12-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis and a recent battle with lung cancer. She was a fighter up until her last breath and heart beat' on this earth. A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 6, 11:00 a.m., at Elam Baptist Church in Gray, with family visitation to be held at 10:00 a.m. before the service.

She was born on June 10, 1962, to Paul and Marguerite Simpson of Gray, and called Virginia home for the past 29 years. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend to many.

She is survived by a loving husband of over 33 years, James Connell; two daughters, Jessica Connell Coltz and her husband Brian of Suffolk, Va., and Elizabeth Connell Kelly and her husband Michael of Dothan, Ala.; granddaughter, Haley Coltz; grandsons, Jacob Coltz and Sam Kelly. She is also survived by her mother and father, Marguerite and Paul Simpson Jr. of Jones County; brothers, Paul III (Sonya), James (Julia), Thomas (Dorothy) of Jones County, and Neil (Susan) of Birmingham, Ala.; and her sister, Kathy (Larry) Oxford of Jones County; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Marianne's honor to Elam Baptist Church ( or to Samaritan's Purse (

Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray has charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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