Connie Ashland, St. George, UtahConnie Ashland, 57, St. George, Utah, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in St. George after a long battle with diabetes.
Connie Ashland, 57, St. George, Utah, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in St. George after a long battle with diabetes.
She was born on April 9, 1955.
Arrangements are under the direction of McMillan Mortuary, St. George.
Connie Ashland was born to Alvin Graff (deceased) and Adala Weins at St. John’s Hospital in Rapid City.
Connie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and then later completed her master’s degree at Grand Canyon University.
She was a special education teacher for more than 30 years. She loved teaching and she loved all her students. Connie wanted to make a difference in a child’s life.
She was the greatest mother and grandmother who loved her daughter and grandchildren. She was the best sister we could have.
Connie was the most loving and giving person. Her life was constantly busy and she always had a project going. Everyone knew of her wonderful cinnamon rolls and German chocolate cake.
Even with her disease, upon retirement she fulfilled her dreams of moving somewhere warm. She lived her last years in St. George, Utah.
She was very independent and loved all of her fruit trees and enjoyed working in her yard. She loved the sunny days in Utah.
She was small in size but larger than life. Her passion was helping others, so she asked that a donation be sent to Story Book Island in Rapid City in her name, so she can continue to bring happiness to all who go there.
She is survived by a daughter, Kristy Mets (Sean); two grandchildren: Iley M. Mets; and Sean Mets Jr.; mother, Adala Graff; brother, Randy Graff; sister, Karen Bourbon (Steve); nieces and nephews: Gretchen Kreizenbeck (Grant), Chris Graff, Kandra (Brad) Swenson and Brent Bourbon; great-nephew, William Kreizenbeck; and great-niece, Heidi Kreizenbeck.
Special thanks to Jim, Diane, neighbors and everyone in St. George who looked after her and helped her after becoming critically ill. You will all be remembered and the family thanks you beyond words.
Connie is with the angels now as she truly was an angel on earth. I’m sure she will be looking down on all of us. We will not forget this tiny, blonde, sweet, kind, hardworking lady. We all love you Connie.
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