Mary W. McConnell, loving wife and favorite Nana, of Raleigh, passed away at her home on May 5, 2016 with her loving family by her side.Mary was born in Bahama, N.C. to the late Else Frieda Walker and William Gattis Walker. Mary graduated from Northern High School in Durham and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from NCCU, then her M.B.A. from Meredith College. Mary worked at NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, for 25 years until her retirement in 2003. She was preceded in death by her parents.She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Ernest (Gene) McConnell: her sisters, Ann W. Johnstone (husband Paul), and Dr. Margaret Ray (husband Curtis): loving grandchildren Madeline and Mason Wewer, and Mary Mac, Jack, and Maggie Harrison: as well as many friends including special friends, Marsha, Ronda, and Judy. Mary loved animals, especially her favorite Lab, Joy. She traveled extensively visiting every continent and over 30 countries. She was a wonderful Nana who enjoyed baking cookies, going to movies, and traveling with her grandkids. A private memorial service is to be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mary McConnell Music Ministry at St. Andrew's Chapel-UMC, 6702 Leesville Road, Durham, N.C., 27703 or the SPCA of Durham.