Avanell Watson Conner, 94, of Helena, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at her home.  

Avanell Watson Conner, 94, of Helena, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at her home.  

Mrs. Conner was born Aug. 27, 1923 in Rector, to Samuel and Nora Watson.  She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1944.  After graduation she married Carl, her husband of 56 years.  Together they had three children.  She was a career school teacher, teaching elementary and junior high school for over 40 years.

Mrs. Conner was a devoted member of the West Helena United Methodist Church, where she served as church organist, a Sunday School teacher, and worship coordinator for many years.  She enjoyed sewing, painting, gardening, reading and writing.  She was also a devoted Arkansas Razorback fan.

She leaves two sons, Carl W. Conner (Holly) of Choctaw, Oklahoma and F. William Conner (Beth) of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Cindy Lewis (Mark) of Helena; three grandchildren, Matthew Lewis (Anne), Michael Lewis (Erin) and Amanda Murashige; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Sam G. Watson, her husband, Carl M. Conner, and three brothers, Reverend J.W. Watson, Frank Watson and Dr. Sam D. Watson.

A memorial service for Avanell Conner will be held 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23,  at West Helena United Methodist Church with visitation to follow in the fellowship hall.  Rev. Melissa Maskell will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC  28607, or a charity of your choice.

Services will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena.  Relatives and friends may sign the online guestbookwww.rollerfuneralhomes.com/westhelena.