Virginia M. McConnell, 88, formerly of Loyalsock Township, was called home to the Lord Thursday at The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport.
She was born in Greenville, daughter of the late William C. and Rebekah (McMillan) Love. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Thomas H. McConnell, in 2008.
Surviving are four children: Charlene K. (Gary) Carson of Williamsport, Karen S. (David) Eiswerth of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Thomas R. (Faith) of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Lori A. (Mark) Johnson of Williamsport; 11 grandchildren: Brian and Marlaina Carson, Amie Boocock, Amanda and Chad Eiswerth, Amber Bardis, Emily and Taylor McConnell, Chelsea Haines and Breanne and Blaine Johnson; seven great-grandchildren: Alex and Taelyn Boocock, Seyler and John Eiswerth, Stella Bardis and Alexis and Rylan Haines; and three siblings: Alberta Jean Osborne of Cabot, David Love of Midlothian, Va., and Ruth Ann Ferguson of Hermitage.
In her early years, Virginia worked for the Record-Argus newspaper in Greenville as a proofreader and bookkeeper. In 1966, she and her husband opened their first McDonald's restaurant on East Third Street in Williamsport. Together they owned and operated eight McDonald's in Williamsport, Altoona, Lewistown and Lock Haven. They also developed Cameo Estates, Pinecrest Acres and Poco Hills Estate in Loyalsock Township. She also was involved with house planning and design.
Virginia was a member of St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, Susquehannock Region Antique Automobile Club and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed traveling with her husband. She was very outgoing and friendly, and she enjoyed socializing and activities at the Williamsport Home. She also enjoyed painting. Her true love was her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. Friends also will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, the Rev. Robin L. Baer and Pastor Richard DeMarte officiating. Burial will be held in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Virginia's name may be made to the Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Road, Williamsport, PA 17701, or to St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.