Ann D Conolly

November 17, 1936 – June 9, 2018

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Ann D. Conolly, 81 of Fawn Lake, Fredericksburg, VA passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at her home with her family at her side after an extended battle with cancer. Born in 1936 to George Valentine and Vera Mable Dempster in Dehra Dun, India, where her father was stationed as a British Army officer, Mrs. Conolly remained in India until just after World War II. Her family then moved back to Camberley, England. After graduating from high school, she attended the Guildford School of Art in the greater London area. It was while in London that she met her future husband, Rear Admiral Robert C. Conolly II, and they married in 1958. During their military career, Mrs. Conolly resided in London, England; Newport, Rhode Island; Nice, France; McLean, Virginia; La Jolla, California; Tehran, Iran; Marshall, Virginia; Sparta, Virginia; and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mrs. Conolly was an accomplished dress designer and dress maker, whose hobbies included her lifelong participation and interest in tennis, gardening, and painting, where she also displayed considerable talent. Mrs. Conolly is survived by her sons Paul C. Conolly of Bowling Green, VA, and his wife, Elizabeth; Christopher M. Conolly of Granada Hills, CA, and his wife Affie; Peter A. Conolly of Jeffersonton, VA, and his wife, Elizabeth; and daughter Heather A. Woodward of Culpeper, VA, and her husband, Russell; her sister, Noreen Irving-Swift; her brother, Michael Dempster; and ten grandchildren: Duncan Conolly, Alexandra Conolly, Ashley Conolly, Kaetlyn Conolly, Sarah Staudt, Caroline Conolly, Erin Conolly, Emma Woodward, Alex Woodward and Dayna Woodward. The family would like to thank all of Mrs. Conolly’s friends for their gracious support over the years. A funeral service will take place 1:00 PM Thursday, December 20, 2018 the OLD POST Chapel (Fort Myer), with burial to follow in Arlington National Cemetery at her husband’s gravesite. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Visitation & Funeral Service Information

OLD POST Chapel, Fort Myers Arlington National Cemertery
Funeral Service 1 PM Thur, Dec.20, 2018