In Loving memory,
Constance (Connie) Rice Small a 27 year resident of Chehalis WA, passed away peacefully, comforted by family on Monday June 23, 2014, at OHSU Hospital, after complications from surgery.
Connie was born May 28, 1946, in National City, CA to Doreen Custis and Jim Craig. Doreen remarried Tom Rice after moving to Sheridan WY. In Sheridan WY, Connie met her husband Phillip Small and they married in 1963. After marriage Connie and Phil moved several times, living in Klamath Falls OR, Walla Walla WA, Corvallis OR, and Chico CA, making lasting friendships and contributions to their community.
In 1987 Phil and Connie finally settled in Chehalis WA where they would remain for good.
Early in her life, Connie worked as, a bookkeeper, co-owned a bridal shop, and owned her own deli and catering business. She later worked as Promotion Manager for downtown Chehalis, Interim director of Chehalis-Centralia Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director American Red Cross, and a realtor for Stillwater estates
Connie is survived by: her husband of fifty years Phil Small, her brothers Ron, Tom and Mike Rice, sister Kathy Schonenbach, son Dennis A. Small, daughter Jennifer R. Fisher, grandchildren Lauren, Nicolas (Cole), and Riley Fisher.
Connie was very active in the Chehalis Community. She helped spearhead the fundraising for Penny Playground as project manager and remained as president of the Penny Playground Board. Connie later assisted with the reviving of Alexander-Lintott Park. She was Adeline Coffman Guild President, President of NW Youth Orchestra, Board member for the Chehalis Foundation and Centralia College Fund. She also served as Lewis County Representative for Children's Hospital. She participated in civic organizations PEO, and Beta Sigma Phi. She was nominated for many civic awards, and received the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship award, and Elks volunteer of the year.
Connie loved to garden and read. She also deeply loved to travel, her and Phil having taken 19 cruises to locations all around the globe. Her cooking skills were legendary, she deeply enjoyed cooking for friends and family, her chicken and dumplings will never be replaced. She also enjoyed following her grandchildren's various sport and music exploits.
Memorial services will be held at St John's Lutheran church, 2190 Jackson Hwy, on Tues July 8th 2014 at 11 AM
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Children's Hospital. Donations can be made at Umpqua Bank (formerly Sterling Savings) in Connie's memory.
This obituary was originally published in The Sheridan Press (Sheridan, WY).