Deborah S. McConnell

Deborah S. McConnell

MADISON – Deborah S. McConnell, age 60, passed away on Thursday May 15, 2014 after a life long battle with the disease of alcoholism. She was born on April 17, 1954 in Louisiana. She was the eldest daughter of Robert and Sally McConnell, the first of 12 siblings.

Deborah worked for several years as a paralegal at the State Department of Health and Human Services. She participated in the life of her community, and lived each day with a sense of purpose and joy. Deborah was extensively involved and committed to the work and support of local AA, particularly the Early Risers group on the east side of Madison. She was supported immeasurably by her sponsor Jane through her long battle with addiction.

Deborah was a truly gifted artist and brilliant human being. Her passion for social justice, fairness, her love of beauty and truth were hallmarks of her daily life. Many of her family members have her paintings, her visions of the beauty of the world, gracing their homes. Deborah had a deep love for all animals, and her dog Kitsune saw her through many difficult times. She always believed that being a parent to her son, Quinn Alexander, was the most important role in her life. Quinn, a gifted artist in his own right, carries on her work. Her smile and talents will be sorely missed.

Deborah is survived by her son, Quinn; mother, Sally; siblings, Cat (Karen), Kim (Joe), Tim (Michele), Tom (Jennifer), Jim (Kate), Matt (Di), Mary (Rick), Shawn (Myron), Josh (Kate) and Rob (Tracy); and our large, extended, loving family. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert; her grandparents, Irvin and Lenore Larson and Kenneth and Mary McConnell; her aunts, Gail Toerpe, Lynn Trinitapoli and Marilyn Genz; uncle, Calvin Genz: and her sister, Pamela.

A celebration of Deborah’s life will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 4 p.m., on Monday, May 19, 2014. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of service on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Dane County Humane Society.

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