Billie J. Connel

Billie J. Connel, 80 of Leavenworth, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lansing. She was born Sept. 7, 1933, in Peabody, Kan., the daughter of Donald and Loma (Hulett) Jackson.

Billie J. Connel

She married Willard Connel in Atchison, Kan. He preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 1992. She was also preceded in death by three sons, Kenneth Connel, Gerald Connel and David Connel; and all five of her siblings.

Billie is survived by three sons, Thomas (Debbie) Connel of Platte City, Mo., Russell (Audeana) Connel of Leavenworth and Michael (Cheli) Connel of Littleton, Colo.; her daughters-in-law, Lori Connel of Bennett, Colo., Lennie Connel of Leavenworth and Tami Connel of Easton; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She worked at Country Care of Easton for many years. She was a member of the Red Hats. Billie enjoyed camping, playing bingo and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Country Care of Easton or Twin Oaks Rehab.