Connie Graham, 71

After a long illness, Connie Kay Graham, age 71, left this life for heaven surrounded by her family on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

Connie was born on Aug. 1, 1946, in Wabash, to Jim and Betty (Knee) Smith.

Connie is survived by her husband, Glen of more than 51 years, of Prairie View, Kan.; three children, Douglas Graham and wife Jennifer of Independence, Ky., Laura Jansonius and husband Lonnie of Prairie View, Kan., and Susan Smith and husband Steve of rural Ellis, Kan. She is also survived by her mother, Betty Smith of Wabash; two sisters, Shirley Long of Wabash and Linda Tilley (Michael) of Treaty; five grandchildren: Lillian Graham, Makenzie and Zachary Jansonius, Todd and Joshua Smith; two step-grandchildren, Christopher Wilson and Megan (Wilson) King and husband, Tyler, and one step-great-grandchild, Zoey King. Connie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Smith.

Connie graduated from Southwood High School in 1964 and attended Ozark Bible College in Joplin, Mo.. Glen and Connie married on Aug. 5, 1966, in Treaty, and spent more than 40 years working together in the ministry. She loved her role as a minister’s wife and was a great encouragement to Glen over their many years of ministry together.

In addition to her role as a minister’s wife, Connie also had a diverse career in healthcare including many roles as an LPN, RN, nursing instructor, nursing home administrator, and a nurse consultant. She was known for her kindness and loved to help people. Connie also enjoyed teaching Bible studies, cooking, reading and working in her garden. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Connie will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Posted on 2018 Jul 10