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Community - August 22, 2012

Obituary: Dorothy Connelly, longtime Atherton resident

Services have been held for Dorothy Connelly, who died Aug. 8 after her second bout with lung cancer. She was 83.

Ms. Connelly grew up in New York and graduated from the University of New Mexico. In the 1950s she joined Pan American Airways as a stewardess and traveled all over the world. She lived in post-war London and had a special love for Hong Kong, Beirut and Austria, say family members.

After moving to San Francisco, she met her future husband, Bob Connelly. They were married at Carmel Mission and raised their family in Atherton. Ms. Connelly was active in pro-life work, ministering to women in crisis and protecting unborn children, say family members. She and her husband had many friends from their community, the Church of the Nativity, and Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, they say.

She is survived by her children Sue, Kelly, Rob and Carolyn and nine grandchildren. Her husband of 52 years, Bob Connelly, died in 2010. Donations in her memory may be made to the Nativity School Endowment fund (


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