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Leeanna (Lia) Bettine McConnell


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Leeanna (Lia) Bettine McConnell, age 55, was called home on February 24th, 2018. She was born in Roswell, NM to Ivan Johnson and Kay Terry on February 9th, 1963. Both parents have preceded her in passing. She graduated from Roswell High School and then started her short life’s journey. She is survived by her husband, the love of her life and soul mate for a blessed and happy 26 years, 1SG (Ret) Brent McConnell. No matter where the Army moved them, Lia would always make the new place a loving home where family and friends were always welcomed. On two occasions the Army moved them to Hawaii where they discovered their desire for travel, water sports, seeing clear blue oceans, and more beautiful sunsets. Upon retirement, they became avid cruisers in the challenge to have fun, find more clear blue oceans, and where they could watch beautiful sunsets together. Lia enjoyed collecting shoes and purses, from fanciful to formal, tennis shoes to pumps, she was comfortable in both, and loved letting her nieces try them on. She was a lover of life, laughter, and making memories with family and friends with cookouts, roasting green chilies, games, playing practical jokes, and scaring anyone that was nearby, mostly her husband and children. Lia had a tender and generous spirit for those she loved, and often went out of her way to help family and others.
Lia was an wonderful loving and caring wife, mother, and mimi to her surviving children, Brian Graham and his fiancé Misty Neal, Nicholas Graham, and Taylor and wife Samantha McConnell. Lia (Mimi) is also survived by her four grandsons Connor and Echo Graham, Raylan McConnell, Wesley McConnell. She is also survived by two older brothers and two younger sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Those of us that had the pleasure of knowing Lia through the years will always have her in our hearts, and we take comfort in knowing that she is with our Father in Heaven and now home.
Leeanna (Lia) (Mimi) McConnell was greatly loved and will be forever missed.

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