Barbara V. Connell
August 21, 1938 – December 30, 2020
Barbara V. Connell went peacefully to her rest, after a long struggle with various health issues, in the afternoon of December 30th, 2020.
Barbara was born in Orlando, Florida on August 21st, 1938 and lived in College Park until her semi-retirement from her career as a Registered Nurse at ORMC.
Barbara was first and foremost a caregiver throughout her life; caring for her siblings as a young woman growing up in Orlando. She later postponed her dream of becoming a nurse to lovingly raise her 3 boys. She cared for their father Randall Dauphinee as he battled cancer until his death in 1978. During his battle, she managed to return to and accomplish her life’s dream of becoming a Registered Nurse, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Florida Southern College, a testimony of her ability to balance the many important things going on in her life and to her perseverance. After Randall's passing, she remarried to a high school sweetheart Robert Connell (Bob) and remained married to him until his passing on December 3, 2000.
She moved with Bob to Cullowhee, North Carolina in the mid ‘80s; another of her dreams accomplished. The mountains and all its ways became her new love. During this time, she continued nursing and serving others and even found time to help her son with "Camp Grandma", caring for her grandkids when she could get them up to her mountain home. After Bob's passing, her failing health brought a return to Florida and the care of her family.
She is preceded in death by son Randall P Dauphinee, her husbands Robert G. Connell and Randall E. Dauphinee, her sister Carol Deppershmidt, her step-son Billy Connell, and her niece Tasha Schindler-Bezner.
She is survived by her loving sons Mike and Jeff Dauphinee and Jeff’s wife Lorisa, her step-son Bobby Connell, her sister and best friend Marilyn Schindler, her favorite baby brother Robert Walker. Grandchildren: Cory Dauphinee, Tyler Dauphinee, Kolleen Dauphinee, Kristina Dauphinee, and Michael Dauphinee. Nieces: Valerie Condon, Angela Adams and nephews: Tony Depperschmidt, Nathan Schindler and Collin Walker and her great-grandchild, Gavin Dauphinee .
Services for Barbara will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, 601 N. Park Ave. in Apopka. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 1 PM with funeral service at 1 PM. Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Apopka, FL. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in memory of Barbara to the charitable organization of your choosing.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home
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Barbara V. Connell
January 18, 2021
She was my wonderful friend over this past year. She loved me unconditionally. We spent hours talking and sharing life memories. I was her caregiver. She was my best friend when I needed one the most. God brought me to her. I am happy that you are no longer suffering. I love and miss you.
January 16, 2021
I want to celebrate mom’s life and what I am because of what she is and what she did in her life. Without her, I am not.
She indeed was an amazing woman and accomplished both the housewife and homemaker thing, but true to the changing times in the 70s, she made a career for herself while attending school, baseball games, whatever we boys were in to, and school. She managed to balance it all, I never felt like I was not cared for, even when my dad was dying. She was a woman who persevered and thrived as well even in adversity.
And when she kind of retired moved to NC to live in the mountains she loved, she would always tempt me for a visit. She knew I loved to snow ski, so when it snowed, she would call and tell me it was snowing and ask how long before I left. She knew I would come. Once I even put on my skis and skied across her lawn. Damn near went on the creek though.
She could cook too, I got that from her, along with some of her pans including the famous egg pan. You would catch holy heck if you ever thought of touching it with anything but an egg. LOL.
She also taught me how to balance a budget and a checkbook. I can remember seeing the adding machine come out each month and I would watch and ask questions.
But the amazing thing I remember most was her gathering family unto her to eat. And family meant just about anybody. We invited friends and she fed them. She even raised Bobby Jones for a while when he could not stay at his own house. He still calls her mom. When she made a big meal, she cooked for an army and when she was cooking, the army showed up. Like Thanksgiving, that was a big party, and the lawn, the street, and even the neighbor's driveway filled with cars. How we ever got all those people in our little house I will never know, but we gathered, and she loved on us from the kitchen and later in her conversations. Then near the end of a feast, her brother would show up and eat a bunch and take a bunch with him and we would still have plenty.
January 5, 2021
We had some great times in the past. What a wonderful cook.!