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Betty May Connell

January 1, 1946 — December 4, 2023


Betty May Connell


Betty May Connell, went to be with the Lord Monday, December 4, 2023.  A "Celebration of Life" event will be held on December 8, 2023, at the First Baptist Church in Cleveland. The service will commence at 2:00 p.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. A Reception will immediately follow at 3:00 p.m.

Betty was born to JL "Buddy" Matthews Jr. and Sarah Louise Matthews in Ruleville, Mississippi. Betty loved the Lord and became a believer in Christ in her childhood.  She married the love of her life Robert Edward Connell III on August 4, 1968, in Ruleville, MS.  They were married for over 25 years.  Betty lived out her faith in Christ by loving her husband unconditionally and raising two boys, with strength, courage, and determination.

She graduated in 1968 from Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Betty continued with her education at Delta State and received a Master’s in Special Education in 1994.  She was a dedicated and passionate teacher for over 40 years. Betty was known for her love of shaping young minds and making a difference in her students' lives and their families. She took great joy in helping young people realize their potential and encouraging them to dream big dreams. Every year, Betty looked forward to meeting new kids and inspiring them to excel.

Throughout her distinguished career as an educator, Betty cherished her community of teachers. They provided support and camaraderie, and together they enriched the lives of countless students. Betty's commitment to education extended beyond the classroom walls. She believed that education was not just about imparting knowledge but also about nurturing character and instilling values.

Outside of her career, Betty found immense happiness in being a loving sister and mother. Her family meant the world to her, and she showered them with warmth, strength, and courage. She held the role of mother dear to her heart and never missed an opportunity to show how much she cared.

Betty had an infectious enthusiasm for sports, especially when it came to cheering for her children and grandchildren. Often dubbed the loudest person in the stands, she would cheer fervently, providing unwavering encouragement to her loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her parents, JL “Buddy” Matthew Jr. and Sarah Louise Matthews; loving husband, Robert Edward Connell III; sister Joyce McGregor; brother, Mark Matthews.

Betty is survived by her sons Robert Ed Connell (Laura Lee) of Cleveland and Matt Connell (Jill) of Lakeland, TN. Betty also leaves behind sisters Almeda “Boots” Wilson, Anna Schmaltz; brother, Alan Matthews; and her beloved grandchildren: Carter, Chase, Andrew, and Aubrey Connell.

Betty May Connell will be deeply missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing her. Her impact as an educator and a loving family member will forever resonate in the hearts of those whose lives she touched. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, let us carry on her legacy by continuing to inspire others and always nurturing the seeds of knowledge and compassion that Betty planted throughout her lifetime. May her soul rest in eternal peace with Jesus Christ.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Hospital. 


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Celebration of Life

Friday, December 8, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

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