Lita Connell


Lita L. “Alita” Connell of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on January 5, 1943, in La Grande, Oregon. She died on November 4, 2019, in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 76 years.

She was raised and attended school in La Grande, Oregon. Alita was united in marriage to Earl W. Connell Sr. on November 25, 1961, in La Grande, Oregon. They lived in Boardman, Oregon, for 30 years and Alita worked at Lamb Weston for 17 years in packaging. They moved to Hermiston, Oregon, in 2004 where they have lived since.

She enjoyed camping with family and friends, trips to the cabin, listening to country music, bowling, swimming, vacationing at the coast, shopping, trips to Sumpter with friends, she loved the rain and watching westerns with Earl.

Alita cherished time with her husband, children and grandchildren and supporting them in their sporting events and school activities.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, Earl Sr.; daughter Gloria; sons Earl Jr., Mike, Sam and James; brother Shean; grandchildren Nichole, Cody, Jordan, Sammy, Emily, Shyanne, Mikey, Nathaniel, Gracie and Bronson; great-granddaughter Finlee; uncle David; nieces Anita and Heidi; and nephews Kelly, Edward, Terry and Billy.

Alita was preceded in death by her mother, Gloria Loos; sisters Mary Ellen and Nita; and brothers Mike and Johnny.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Burns Mortuary chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.

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Arrangements by Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.

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