A walk-through visitation will take place at House of Wheat Funeral Home at 2107 N. Gettysburg Ave. in Dayton on Oct. 27 beginning at 9 a.m. Funeral services will begin at noon. Masks are required.
Connors was the matriarch of her extended family, the one who “got things done,” her husband Tracey Howard told the Associated Press.
When her father died, she was the one who went to Veterans Affairs to straighten things out — using “choice words” — to ensure he was buried in a veterans cemetery, Howard said. She also left her job in human resources to care for her mother after she had a stroke.
Connors and her husband liked to get out of the house and explore Raleigh’s restaurant scene. They had tickets for the next Black Panther film, coming out in November, and planned to go to the North Carolina State Fair.
Howard is left to wonder what motivated the shooting.
“It is just a senseless killing,” he said. “People outside enjoying the weather, talking. Next thing you know they’re gone. It’s just stupid. It’s senseless.”
Connors’ neighbors said she was always friendly while walking her Jack Russell terrier, Sami.
Marvin Judd said Connors was a “sweet person” with a “good heart.”
“And she was always kind and gentle to everybody she met,” Judd said. “She didn’t meet strangers. Everybody was a friend to her.”
She leaves behind her husband, sister, brother, stepchildren and other family members, her obituary says.
This story contains information from the Associated Press.