Connie Allen Obituary
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Connie Jo Allen

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Many things can be said about Connie Jo Allen. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and creative woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Connie was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace. Connie was born on June 9, 1958 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, Iowa. Her parents were David & Joann Larson. Connie was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. When she was young, Connie's friends and family found that “imaginative and fun” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Connie demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her. Connie grew up with one sibling. She has a younger brother Kent. Connie was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Connie carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Connie was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making...
Many things can be said about Connie Jo Allen. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and creative woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Connie was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

Connie was born on June 9, 1958 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, Iowa. Her parents were David & Joann Larson. Connie was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. When she was young, Connie's friends and family found that “imaginative and fun” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Connie demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

Connie grew up with one sibling. She has a younger brother Kent. Connie was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Connie carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Connie was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

As a young girl, Connie was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Connie could easily relate to other kids. She was an active child who took part in tea parties, looking after her little brother, and puppeterring. She participated in Tap, Ballet and Jazz dancing. However, to Connie, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

During her high school years, Connie had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She graduated from Hall High School in 1976, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. Connie had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Connie was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Connie as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Hankins.

Connie did well in college, as a result of her being intuitive and finely organized at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her favorite course was art . The skill of being a good communicator helped Connie immensely during her college days. No matter what class it was, Connie was always very perceptive and embraced the challenges that her college experience provided.

Always considered a good friend, Connie sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Connie always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Connie’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Connie would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Connie was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. Throughout her life she had many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Sandy Watson, Laurie Brookes, Hodie Langston, Jayne Kieshaber , Cherie Laster, Cindi Vowell, and Bruce Aston.
On May 8, 1982 Connie married Carl Allen at the Griffith United Methodist Church of Las Vegas, Nevada. Compassionate and devoted, Connie made her new family happy very happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that Carl came first in Connie’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered Carl’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Connie made sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Connie was truly a person of empathy.

Connie experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was Graphics Design & Installations Business. She was employed for 18 years at American Screen Printing, 6 years RC Racing Decals. Connie always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Connie took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Connie was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Connie continually sought to learn what her co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled her to help them develop their own potential.

Because she was creative, Connie took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were decorating parties for birthdays, family get togethers, weddings and Avon functions and Holidays. She loved to make gift baskets. She loved photography, and free hand art. Connie enjoyed sharing her passion with all.

Connie derived much satisfaction from sports. Because she was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Connie delighted in the strategy and inner workings of a competition. Recreational sports included fishing, camping, stock car racing dance and photography. Connie was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams' events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football; her favorite teams were The Kansas City Chiefs and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Throughout her life, Connie was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Connie was known to her peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Connie was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting her own needs aside. Connie’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of a group. An added benefit was Connie’s ability to bring valued principles along with her. In high school, Connie was a member of the cheerleading squad for the Hall High Warriors, Art Editor for the Inkwell Project, participated in the Art Club, Interact, Cheer Club, Cheer-o-kee Club, Y Teens, Young Life, and Young Democrats. In college, Connie joined the Inkwell Project. Throughout her later years, Connie was an active member of Avon, and a member of Peggy Ryan’s Dance Troop also known as Peg’s Gals.

Connie’s faith was important to her. She was a member Griffith United Methodist Church Las Vegas. She was compassionate and warm hearted someone who truly cared for others.

Connie was given accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included Spirit of Avon Award 2010 and Avon Presidents Club 2009 Mrs. Albee Award.

Connie enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Connie were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included St. Augustine, Florida, Quail Creek, Utah, and Panguitch, Utah, Hahatonka, Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Connie was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Connie's favorite was Odie, he is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Chico (Bandit) is a Chihuahua, KC Jr. is a Red Lorikeet, and Gizmo is a Gray Tabby.

Being free thinking person that she was, Connie had taken care to plan for this part of her life. When that time eventually arrived, Connie knew exactly what she wanted to do. Connie was planning to retire to St. George, Utah. Even in retirement, Connie continued to stay in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active and felt fulfilled.

Connie passed away on April 25, 2013 at St George, Utah. She is survived by her husband Carl Allen, and her brother Kent Larson and many close family and friends. Services were held at Palm Northwest Chapel Memorial Park. Connie was laid to rest in Palm Northwest Cemetery in Garden of Heritage.

Throughout her life, Connie was a personable and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of friend, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Connie leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Connie Jo Allen.

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"I knew Connie back in elementary school. I had just recently reconnected with her on FB. Its sad needless to say and She will be missed greatly." Gary Brandt (Cumming, IA)

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