Louise's Story

NEWPORT - Louise M. (Vannah) Connelly, 84, died unexpectedly May 18, 2015 at a Bangor hospital following long period of ill health.

Louise was born in Nobleboro, Maine Oct. 21, 1930 the daughter of Kenneth W and Velma R. (Creamer) Vannah.

She was educated in Nobleboro public schools and graduated from Lincoln Academy class of 1948. She went on to graduate from Hackensack Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse.

After she received her RN she joined the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, where she met her husband of 60+ years. Over the next few years she was employed by EMMC in Bangor and after moving to Hawaii, she was employed at Castle Memorial Hospital in Kailua and then at Kapiolavis Maternity hospital in Honolulu.

While living in Brewer she became a member of the 1st Methodist Church and also the Jaycee's Wives Club.

Returning to Maine in 1984 after living in the Philippines and Kenya they settled in Freedom, Me and is currently a member of Dirigo Grange #98, Freedom, member of Josiah H. Drummond #91 and Past Matron Order of the Eastern Star, and dual member of Primrose Chapter 152 OES Belfast.

In 1989 Louise and Paul purchased the former D & J Greenhouse in Thorndike, which they operated for 17 years before retiring and moving to Newport where they joined the High Street Congregational Church and the Barrows -Skid gel Post 105 American Legion. She was also a member of the Newport Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her husband Paul R. Connelly of Newport 3 children; Janine and Gary Shanabarger, of Oklahoma City, Michele and John Morris of Oklahoma City, Sean and Lisa of Eddington, Maine, four grandchildren; John Paul Morris, Elizabeth Dvorak and her husband Mark, Nichole Labbe, Danielle Grontas and her husband Nicholas and six great grand children, a sister Lorene Herriot of Fairfax, VA, and her bother Carroll Vannah and his wife Alice of Boothbay, Maine.

She enjoyed gardening and contributing to pot luck suppers off various organizations to which she belonged.

Friends may call Thursday May 21 2015 from 5 to 7 pm at the Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center 34 High Street Newport; Me. During the visitation there will be a public Eastern Star service at 6:30 PM. Memorial services will be conducted 2 PM Friday May 22, 2015 at the High Street Congregational Church with Pastor Rev. Ernest Campbell officiating. Burial will be at a later date with Military Honors at the Maine Veteran Cemetery Augusta. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the High Street Congregational Church, 24 High Street Newport, Maine 04953. To sign an online guest book and leave written condolences please visit: www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com
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