Connie Newell |

Connie Newell

Connie Newell, born Virgie Rose McFarland and a resident of Grass Valley for 30 years, passed peacefully in the presence of her granddaughter, Becky Rivera, from natural causes on May, 21, 2013, in Chico, Calif. She was 82.

A memorial service in celebration of Connie’s life will be 1 p.m. on June 22 at Unity of Grass Valley, 180 Cambridge Ct, Grass Valley, Calif.

Connie was born in Comanche, Calif., to John D. McFarland and Ruth F. Martin. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Harry and Hazel McFarland, and graduated from Clovis High School in Clovis, Calif., in 1947. Connie was a member of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous and in 2012 celebrated 43 years of continuous sobriety. During her years of sobriety, Connie was instrumental, personally as a recovering alcoholic and professionally as a substance abuse counselor, in helping others overcome their addictions. She also was a certified nurse’s aide and provided home health care to many elderly residents of Grass Valley.

Connie is survived by her children, Patricia “Jean” (Callaway) Bradford of Oroville, Calif.; Timothy A. Callaway of Grass Valley, Calif.; Randall L. Laney of Applegate, Calif.; Kerry E. “Lilly” Laney of Chico, Calif.; Maureen A. (Laney) Clark of Oroville, Calif.; Shelly L. Laney of Chico, Calif.; and 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Connie’s memory to Hope House, 303 Bennett Street, Grass Valley, Calif. 95945.

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