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Nina Connolly

Nina Marcelia (McCoy) Connolly ended her earthly journey on 13 April 2012, and joined her beloved husband, John Dennis Connolly, in heaven.

Born 30 May 1914, to Archibald and Nora E. McCoy, of Campton, N.H., Nina spent her younger years tagging along behind her father learning mechanical skills that would serve her well in the future. "Discussions" about car issues usually resulted in Nina being correct and John being wrong.

On 18 April 1939, Nina married John Dennis Connolly, of Wellesley, Mass., at Sacred Heart Church in Newton, Mass. At the beginning of World War II, John joined the U.S. Navy and Nina joined the U.S. Coast Guard (SPARS). Nina and John went on to raise three kind and generous children, Terese Connolly, of Alaska; John Dennis Connolly Jr., of Connecticut; and James M. Connolly, of New Hampshire. While raising her family in Framingham, Mass., Nina also worked at Raytheon, retired from there in 1976, and moved to Ashland, Ore. She was proud of her work with Posedeon, Polaris and Trident missiles and the Gemini and Apollo space programs. Apparently this love of space and flying lead her to celebrate her 80th birthday in a glider flight over Ashland, Ore.

Nina loved a good political debate, was a voracious reader, and could sew or crochet anything and everything. If doing a tough crossword puzzle daily keeps the brain synapses firing, she was proof it works. She was one sharp cookie for 97 years old! Nina was kind and generous and had a no-nonsense attitude about life. She generally summed up either stating, "This too shall pass," "God helps those who help themselves," or (family favorite), "Straighten up and fly right or you will get a kick in the seat of your pants that will make your teeth play Yankee Doodle."

Nina leaves behind three sad children; her siblings, Doris Phinney, of Lowell, Mass., Marjorie Ulhman Broad, of Thornton, N.H., Robert McCoy, of Ashland, Ore., and Eleanor Kane, of Wellesley, Mass.; seven cherished grandchildren; 14 adored great-grandchildren; a plethora of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews; very special cousins in Kinsale, Ireland; and many dear and treasured friends.

She will be buried with her husband at Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore., on Monday, 7 May 2012, at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by Conger-Morris Medford, 541-772-7111. At her request, no flowers please. Remember her fondly, tell a few stories, and rejoice in her life.