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Mary Constance ‘Connie’ Smith

June 21, 2012

Mary Constance ‘Connie’ Smith
Dec. 15, 1924-June 19, 2012
PLYMOUTH — Mary Constance “Connie” Smith, 87, of 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, passed away at 4:55 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor, in Plymouth.
Connie was born Dec. 15, 1924, in Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland County, England, to Thomas H. and Florence (Chilton) Elsworth. She married Ralph R. Smith, of New Carlisle, Sept. 1, 1945. They were divorced in 1960.
Connie came to the United States as a War Bride in April of 1947. She became an American citizen in August of 1951. Connie served for almost four years in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (British Women’s Army) Royal Army Pay Corp during WWII. She retired from United Technologies, in Plymouth, after 30 years of service. Connie enjoyed baking English pastries and English style fruit cakes. She also made her own mincemeat. She became very good at substituting ingredients to make her mother’s recipes. Connie also enjoyed knitting, a craft she was taught in the first grade of school. She particularly enjoyed knitting baby sweaters and bonnets. Connie was a former member of the Trans-Atlantic Brides and Parents Association of South Bend, and was a former member of IBEW Union and S.X. Intra-Council.
Connie is survived by her two children. Her daughter, Carol (Ken) Finkbiner of Plymouth; her son, Terry (Candy) Smith of Salem, Va.; five grandchildren, Patti (Jimmie) Anderson of South Bend, Tom (Greta) Finkbiner of Holland, Mich., Bill Finkbiner of St. Louis, Mo., Mike (Tracy) Sanders of Granger, and Matt Sanders (and his partner Craig Warrack) of Edinburgh, Scotland; six great-grandchildren, Lucas, Katie, Shad, Zack, Robert, and Luke; her sister, Peggy (John) Wilson of Billingham, England; and also two nephews of England. Connie was preceded in death by her daughter, Margaret Smith; her parents, Thomas and Florence Elsworth; and her two brothers, Albert and Raymond.

Memorials may be given to:
Miller’s Merry Manor, Activity Fund
635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, IN 46563 or
The Center for Hospice
112 S. Walnut St., Plymouth, IN 46563

 ~VISITATION~
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012, 4-7 P.M.
VAN GILDER FUNERAL HOME
300 W. MADISON ST.
PLYMOUTH, IN 46563

~SERVICES~
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012, 11 A.M.
VAN GILDER FUNERAL HOME
THE REV. FATHER HENRY RANDOLPH, OFFICIATING

~BURIAL~
SAINT JOHN’S EVANGELICAL CEMETERY
LAKEVILLE
AT A LATER DATE

~MEMORIES MAY BE SHARED AT~
www.vangilderfuneralhome.com

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