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Author, lawyer Mary Ann Connell deserving of community’s embrace

Oxford has more than its share of impeccable leaders and stalwart citizens.

But few have earned our appreciation and admiration through the years more than Mary Ann Connell, a lawyer in Oxford who has shined in a career that includes serving as university attorney during a challenging but forward progress times at Ole Miss, law professor, and community and state advocate.

She became a lawyer in Oxford when women didn’t practice law in Oxford, fighting through objections to becoming a strong, trusted and sage counsel for both pillars and people without a voice in this state.

But those who know Ms. Connell also appreciates her sense of humor, her sense of warmth, and her sense of hope. She loves people, and a great story.

Now it is our chance to celebrate her, as a person, as a storyteller, and as a respected and valued leader.

Mary Ann Connell’s memoir, published by Oxford’s Nautilus press, has its official release this evening with a signing at Off Square Books at 5 p.m. “An Unforeseen Life” is valuable reading for anyone who appreciates Ms. Connell and her contributions.

This is our opportunity to embrace a dear friend of the community and say thank you.