Barbara Maurine Connel

  • Born: February 24, 1929
  • Died: July 23, 2013
  • Location: Palm Desert, California

Rose Mortuary & Crematory

66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Tel. (760) 251-7673

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara Connel, at home.


Our mother was a wonderful and loving person. She was a very generous person and had no enemies. She was the church organist at the Seventh-day Adventist churches in Colton, Indio, and Palm Desert for 50 years. She taught piano lessons and played the violin too.

She was born Barbara Maurine Follett in Liberal, Kansas on February 24, 1929. Her parents' names were Dewey E. Follett and Esther Grace Follett and her brother was Elder Philip S. Follett. She attended La Sierra College in La Sierra, CA and she met our father, Nollie N. Connel there. They were married on June 26, 1949 and celebrated 55 years together.

She grew up in a loving and religious household. She loved animals especially Persian cats and Pekingese dogs.

She worked in title and escrow for 50 years. Previously, she worked as the CEO's executive secretary at Pioneer Title Company in San Bernardino, for 7 years when she was 20 years old. She worked at First American Title Company in Riverside as a title assistant for 14 years and then later on she worked for General Escrow, Chicago Title Escrow and Dixie Escrow.

She was a wonderful mother to us. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen J. Connel-Lance and Doris Elaine Henderson of Palm Desert, CA. Her granddaughter is Krystal F. Sae Eua and her grandson-in-law Matthew Newhart from North Hollywood, CA.

She will be greatly missed by her family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Palm Desert Oasis Seventh-day Adventist Church at 74-200 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA across the street from the Marriott Desert Springs Resort. The viewing will commence at 2:00 pm and the services will begin at 3:00 pm. On July 29, 2013.

Charitable Donations may be given to Save A Pet, 67600 18th Avenue, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241.

Services are under the direction of Rose Mortuary of Palm Desert, California.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Barbara was a true friend to our family.She always had such kind things to say about everyone in her life.Watching her have so much fun with Krystal & Cheryl always put a smile on my face.She was loved by all who knew her.

Love Always

Daniel Forrest

Posted by Daniel Forrest - bermuda dunes, CA - friend   July 28, 2013

Barbara was the most loving and caring person I have ever met. I will miss our family dinners and trips together but I know she will always be with me.She was my best friend & I will never forget her.

Shaana Forrest

Posted by shaana forrest - bermuda dunes, CA - freind   July 28, 2013

My Auntie Barbara was a wonderful, talented person. I remember her playing the organ in church, giving piano lessons and her love of animals. She was always fun to be with and I especially enjoyed our last visits together. Even when she was not well, she was cheerful and easy to talk to. She shared many memories with me and my family and it was so special to be able to learn more about our family history. She will be greatly missed by all. My love and prayers go out to Elaine and Kathy and Krystal at this time.

Posted by Lorraine Ball - Ooltewah, TN - Niece   July 26, 2013

marcie and I so sorry about youn mother may god be
with you at this tlme of need and please accept
sincerest condolences

Posted by george andmarcie lance - jacksonvillefla, FL - brother and siser inlaw   July 25, 2013



We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. You have had a very difficult year. I know Christopher & your Mom are watching down over you now. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Bob & Gloria

Posted by Gloria Lance-Taylor - Marion, NY - Sister-In-Law   July 25, 2013

My mom was truly the most caring and compassionate person I have ever met in my life. I will forever miss her as she was my very best friend. I will continue to love her all my life.

Posted by Elaine Henderson - Palm Desert, CA - Daughter   July 25, 2013

Barbara was a wonderful woman. I will never forget her. Rest in peace Barbara, I love you and will miss you. My deepest sympathy to my dear Friend Elaine Henderson, Kathy and Krystle. God Bless you,

Posted by Pat Huber - Indio, CA - friend   July 24, 2013


We will always cherish and love you Mom forever.



Posted by Kathleen Lance - Palm Desert, CA - Daughter   July 24, 2013