Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory

300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC


Dyan Elliott Wilson Connelly

January 13, 1935November 14, 2019

Dyan Elliott Wilson Connelly, champion athlete, musician, artist, life-long educator, and so much more, died peacefully at home on November 14, 2019, with family by her side.

She is survived by a loving husband of 39 years, Col. Frank P. Connelly, USA, Retired, daughter Helen Crouse (Bob), granddaughters Sophie and Charlotte of Raleigh; daughter Cathy Goldberg (Dan) of Red Bank, NJ, and son Frank Connelly III of San Antonio, TX; grandsons Adam Goldberg (Nicole) of New York, NY, Jeffrey Goldberg (Tracy) of Arvada, CO, Frank Connelly (Meghan) of Morgan’s Point Resort, TX and great-grandchildren Emerson Grace, Logan Alexander, and Darcy Camille.

The family will receive friends at the home of Helen and Bob Crouse, Saturday, December 7th from 1pm - 4pm.

In lieu of flowers please consider a gift in Dyan’s name to Transitions LifeCare of Raleigh.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 7, 2019


Dyan Elliott Wilson Connelly

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Sandy Stasiek

November 30, 2019

Dyan had the youngest spirit I have ever known. She danced into a room dressed with glamour and style. Her mood was contagious and you always felt happier after being with her. We spent 2 months together from morning to night exploring the Far East and we could have turned around and repeated the trip again! I loved her dearly and shall miss her everyday.

Allison Rouse

November 30, 2019

I met Dyan in 1979, when her daughter Helen became my best friend for life (really). For a girl from Newport News, Dyan was the embodiment of glamour and urban sophistication - all that I wanted to be. But she was kind and loving as well, taking me under her wing when my parents split up that year. I learned about Imari and bakery window display wedding cakes and to put grapefruit on a salad. Painting one's own walls red, with white trim? These things were unknown in Newport News! Her particular combination of style and warmth will remain my touchstones for how to be. Bless you, Dyan and Helen! xoxo from Portland

Merrill Pasco

November 30, 2019

The Dyan I came to know over the last twenty some years was an always an inspiration, upbeat and ready for any challenge. There were many, and she made the mostly any occasion with zest and humor - whether maneuvering a tuk-tuk through the alleys of Bangkok, riding a stallion in the Alleghenies, plastering her loo with hay, skinny dipping in the Hot Springs Gorge, a short stab at day-trading, the occasional harp recital (when pressed), and impromptu parties she hosted. She was an original, and I was only blessed with the last act of a life full of spirited adventure, gratuitous love, and compassionate devotion to a multitude of friends.

Christina Taylor

November 29, 2019

I was truly blessed to have known Dyan and her family, if only for a short time. She taught me many things without even being aware of it. She was definitely a true beacon of light and pillar of strength throughout her amazing life. I will carry her in my heart always.
My sincerest condolences and love,
Christy 💕

Katherine Coleman

November 29, 2019

Heartfelt Condolences,

Dyan was a dynamo and I am so happy I got to spend time with her! She always made me feel more excited about life! I loved her style and creativity! Her spirit lives on in her family, friends and art!

Katherine Xxoo

Joan Baron

November 17, 2019

A dynamic and shining light has left us. She was such a warm welcoming spirit when we moved to Magnolia Glen. It is hard to have to say goodbye to her.
Joan and Ron Baron