Cornell, Connie Mae (November 28, 1927 - February 18, 1944)

Connie Mae Cornell Dies In

Car-Bus Crash Friday 17-Year-Old Daughter of Former Douglas Residents; Accident Occurs On Highway West Of Cheyenne; Funeral Services Will Be Held Tomorrow Afternoon At 2:00 O'clock In Cheyenne

Unknown - February 22, 1944

Word of the tragic death of Connie Mae Cornell, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Cornell, former Douglas residents, in a car-bus crash on the highway west of Cheyenne Friday night has cast a pall of gloom and deep sorrow over Douglas and the entire community.

A senior in Cheyenne high school, Connie was the only one of eight young people who died as a result of the accident. The car in which they were riding came onto the highway from an access road five miles from Cheyenne directly in front of a fast-moving Union Pacific bus. Two of her companions, Bob Boyack and Bill Harris were injured, although not seriously.

Connie was sitting on the left side in the rear seat of the car where the bus struck. In spite of the fact that the rear of the lighter vehicle was crushed she had no broken bones and not a single scratch. It is thought she may have died of a heart attack caused by fright rather than from any injuries.

A native Douglas girl, born here Nov. 28, 1927, Connie attended grade school in Douglas until the family moved to Cheyenne in 1939, when Mr. Cornell became superintendent of the Wyoming liquor commission warehouse, his present position.

Vivacious and energetic, Connie quickly made friends and upon entertainment high school at Cheyenne she took part in all activities and was prominent in every school function.

Few families in Douglas have had a wider circle of friends than the Cornells and the death of Connie has struck at the hearts of every resident whose deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at the Presbyterian church in Cheyenne at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. John M. Pattison officiating. Burial will be in Cheyenne Beth El cemetery.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers, as well as flower bearers, will all be classmates.

Attempts to locate Tommy, only son of the Cornells, who is believed somewhere in the South Pacific with the Navy, have failed, it is reported.

A large number of friends from here plan to attend the services tomorrow afternoon, including Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Bartling, Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. T.U. Slonaker, Mr. and Mrs. E.D. George, Mr. and Mrs. James Willox, Mr. and Mrs._________________.

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