Adra Mae Holdridge McConnell RN, BSN, age 74, passed away the evening of Saturday, March 22, 2014 at her residence. The longtime Roswell nurse and caregiver was an early organizer of the Roswell chapter of the National Association for the Mentally Ill and was still on their national website as a contact person for Chaves County.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1413 S. Union in Roswell. Services will be conducted by her brother, the Metropolitan Symeon (Holdridge) Loannovskij and assisted by her brother, the Right Reverend David C. Holdridge. There will be no viewing.
Adra Mae was born April 8, 1939, in Dekalb, Illinois to Clyde Holdridge Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Wetz Holdridge. She moved to Roswell with her family on the first weekend of July, 1947. She was active in First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from childhood and attended various churches after First Christian passed from existence. She graduated from Roswell High School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1957 and continued her education at Texas Christian University where she received a Bachelor of Nursing (Magna Cum Laude) after a rigorous five year course of study. Upon graduation she married the Reverend George Stanley McConnell and served with him in early pastorates in Colorado and Nebraska.
Later, the McConnells returned to Roswell where she had a long and successful nursing career serving in almost every hospital and care facility here. The final portion of her career was spent as a nurse caregiver at PeopleCare and other facilities. She was recognized by the New Mexico branch of the National Association of the Mentally Ill for instructing the “Family to Family” program. In 1998, she received the Minor S. Hoffman Caring Employee Award from the United Way of Chaves County.
She was preceded in death by her father Clyde Holdridge Jr., her mother Mary Elizabeth Wetz Holdridge Davis, her stepfather Phillip C. Davis, her father-in-law U. Stanley McConnell, niece April Holdridge, sister-in-law Frances Virginia Stone Holdridge, Judith Maenovous Henson Holdridge, and Georgia Mae (Joyce) Holdridge. Also preceding her in death were four uncles, three aunts, and numerous cousins and other relatives.
Surviving her are husband the Reverend George Stanley McConnell of Roswell, her aunt Ruth Wetz Apt Leathers of Roswell, her mother-in-law Ester Elizabeth McConnell of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, her sister-in-law Katherine Elizabeth Gregory of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, her former sisters-in-law Marcia McHarg King of Colorado and Theresa Torres Mata of Edgewood, NM, brother Symeon (Holdridge) Ioannvskij and David Clyde Holdridge of Roswell, nephews Anthony Macmillan of Dallas, Texas, Gregory Macmillan of Washington, Tashumbe Jamos Edward (TJ) Holdridge and wife Consuelo (Shel) of Santa Fe, NM, and Naasson Mahalaleel David Holdridge of Owensboro, Kentucky, and niece Tressie R. (Nettie) McMillian Brickey of Ft. Worth, Texas, Ahisha Chessie Jalma Jones of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Kezia Keren-Happuch Elisheba Holdridge Simon of Owensboro, Kentucky. Also numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, one great-great-nephew, numerous cousins and other relatives worldwide and special family friends Matthew Matthew Folletz and the Reverend Kyle Whitworth (aka Deacon John) both of Roswell.
Committal and interment will occur at a later date in the local veterans cemetery. The family is accepting donations and volunteers for the establishment of the Adra McConnell Memorial Mental Health Education and Advising Center. More information available from her surviving spouse, the Reverend George Stanley McConnell or from either of her brothers, the Metropolitan Symeon Ioannovskij or Bishop David C. Holdridge, care of 24/7 CCF Intl Box 67, Roswell.