In Loving Memory

Katherine E. Connell

October 10, 1962 - January 16, 2019


A much-loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend, Katherine Elizabeth Connell, age 56, was given her angel wings on January 16, 2019 with her sister and her beloved stuffed animals at her side.  A native of Mobile, Katherine attended Mobile ARC for 34 years. She was a friend to everyone she met and gifted unconditional love, teaching all of us in the process.  She bravely fought cancer while continuing to enthusiastically create her art work until her last days.  She loved helping others, deeply treasured her family and a menagerie of pets throughout her life.  It is a sorrowful blessing that this journey has ended.  Her family would like to express gratitude to all those that enriched her life.

Katherine is survived by her mother, Janet Southall Connell; sister and brother in law, Christine and John Gallo of Tallahassee, FL; her nieces that she adored, Claire Gallo of Tallahassee, FL and Sophia Gallo of Tampa, FL; uncle and aunt, Nick and Donna Southall; her cherished cousin, Josh Southall.  She is predeceased by her father, William “Bill” George Connell.

A celebration of Katherine’s life will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 at at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 6040 Three Notch Rd, Mobile, AL.  Visitation is from 2:30 p.m. until the 4:00 p.m. service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Mobile ARC, 2424 Gordon Smith Dr., Mobile, AL  36617 or The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association at

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at  Arrangements by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.


  1. Sue Vermeulen

    Dear Janet and Family,
    What a joy it has been to know Kathy for over 4 years. She has been a HUGE bright spot at University Oaks. We’ve had to divide up her menu folding volunteer work among other residents, but remember all those months she enjoyed the privilege of helping. We miss her daily drawn pictures she always shared with residents and staff alike. Thank you for the privilege of having her here until very near the end. We pray you will have peace as you remember all the happy years you’ve had with Kathy.

  2. Peggy Wright

    My deepest sympathy to you, Janet, and to Christine and her family. Katherine was such a loving, kind soul and will be missed by many.

  3. Lynn Chance

    So sorry for your loss, Janet.

  4. Teresa Nelson

    Prayers for you and your family at the great loss of Katherine in this world but she is flying high with the Angels in the next.

  5. Cheryl Palm

    Katherine is such a bright light overflowing with love and joy. Her smile and hugs were always enjoyed by me. My love goes to her mom, Janet and my heart to her family and friends. She was indeed a blessing on this earth.

  6. darlene Frost

    Janet, I was so sorry to hear about Catherine . I was lucky to have met her , & she was certainly a source of happiness & joy . Her beautiful smile would warm any heart . I smiled back at her just looking at her picture……….she got that from you . I know the ability that you have , & the connections with the universe ,so I know that you know she hasn’t left you ,but merely shifted direction . Much love & hugs ,

  7. Frank Gallo

    To Janet, Christine, John & the rest of the family – We send our heartfelt condolences to all of you at this time of such sadness and grief. May Katherine rest in peace and live on in our hearts and minds.
    The Gallo Family – Seattle


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