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Mary L Connelly

TEMPLE, Okla.  Mary Louise Powell Connelly, a Temple native and avid ballroom dancer, died in Austin, Texas, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, a day after her 82nd birthday.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at First Baptist Church, Temple.

Mary Lou was born Sept. 7, 1935, to Joseph Shular Powell and Ruby Elva Kennedy Powell in Walters. She graduated from Temple High School in 1953 and worked at a bank in Wichita Falls, Texas, until she married William Watson in 1954.  

Watson was stationed at an Air Force base in England when the couple's twin boys: Mark Watson and Gerald Watson, were born. After England, Mary Lou moved to Massachusetts and then to Austin, Texas, where she met Webb Connelly, whom she married on March 22, 1968. 

Mary Lou enjoyed sky diving and ballroom dancing. In Austin, she worked in the civil service, retiring from the Internal Revenue Service after more than 20 years of service.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters who died in infancy; a brother, Bobby Keith; son, Gerald Watson who died in infancy and is interred in England; and granddaughter, Caroline Watson.

She is survived by her husband, Webb, son Mark, and granddaughter, Katherine Watson, all of Austin, Texas; brother, Harold Powell and his wife Lois of Temple, Okla.; and a nephew, two nieces and many friends and family.    

Viewing will be Thursday, Sept.14, 2017, at Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home in Temple.

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