In Memory Of
12/01/1922 - 12/16/2011
Mariam Ellen McConnell, 89, of Bloomington died in her home on December 16, 2011 surrounded by her family. Born December 1, 1922 in Bloomington, she was the daughter of William Henry Brashaber and Druie Anice (Gaskin) Brashaber. She married her high school sweetheart on May 12, 1944 while he was home on leave. They were married for 57 years and had six children.
She worked as a homemaker and farm wife. She and her husband grew a large garden and lots of beautiful flowers. They started the Wishing Well Iris Garden. Together with the children, they operated a maple syrup camp.
Recently, she spent many hours reading. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She was a life-long member of Crossroads United Methodist Church.
Survivors include five sons, Jerry McConnell (Roz) of Front Royal, VA, Larry McConnell (Alberta), Paul McConnell, Orland McConnell (Andrea), Keith McConnell (Trudy) and one daughter, Judith Childers (Michael) all of Bloomington, 14 grandchildren, Linda Hume, Michael McConnell, Stephanie Whitaker, Chris Richardson, Cathy Halter, Dana Thompson, Sonja McConnell, Lee McConnell, Melissa Younger, Matthew McConnell, Wendy McConnell, Kurt McConnell, Angie Landgrebe and Ty Childers, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Headley and Wilma Jean Curry (Laurence) two brother-in-laws, Charles McConnell, Kenneth Freeman and sister-in-law, Carol Brashaber.
Mariam was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne G. McConnell (2002), her brother, Ralph Brashaber and her sister, Margaret Freeman.
Services will be 2:30pm Monday, December 19, 2011 at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington. Frank VanAllen, Ray New and Kurt McConnell will officiate.
Visitation will be 4-8pm Sunday at The Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 1149 Bloomington, IN 47402 or the Cross Roads United Methodist Church.