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Abbie N. Connolly of Petrolia

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Abbie Naoma Collins Connolly, 94, 0f Petrolia, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Abbie N. Connolly

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Agape Church, 5600 Burkburnett Rd., Wichita Falls. Interment will follow at Petrolia Cemetery under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Mrs. Connolly was born on Feb. 16, 1917 in Byers to James C. and Irena A. (Dunn) Collins. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Petrolia for many years and of Agape Church in Wichita Falls in her later years. She graduated from Petrolia High School in 1934, and from Parkland Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas in 1940. She started her nursing career in 1940 at the hospital in Big Springs. Abbie later moved to Talihina, Okla., working as a registered nurse at the Indian Nations Hospital. She married Paul Connolly on April 30, 1941. After having her first child, Abbie retired to be a full-time homemaker, making their home in Petrolia.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul; two brothers, Joe and Alton Collins; a sister, Ruth Collins Berry; and one great-grandson, Cade Fougeron.

She is survived by her children, Marge Fougeron and husband Robert of Wichita Falls, Dr. Paula Burt and husband Daniel of Burkburnett, Carolyn Hart and husband Ed of Fort Worth, Carl Connolly of Petrolia, and David Connolly and wife Debbie of Petrolia; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

The family will be at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.

Memorials may be made to the Petrolia Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 445, Petrolia, TX 76377; or Hospice of Wichita Falls,P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.

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