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Constance Jones

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Long time Alaskan, Constance Ruth "Connie" Jones, 72, passed away on August 22, 2013 at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

Connie was born in Tracy, Minnesota on November 04, 1940 to Chester and Ruth Raasch. She graduated from Arlington High School in Illinois and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Literature from Carlton College in 1962. She taught high school English and French classes for many years. She and her family moved to Kotzebue from New York in 1973. While living and working in Kotzebue, Connie received a Master of Arts degree in English from University of Alaska Fairbanks and later pursued a Master's degree in Liberal Arts from University of Alaska Anchorage.

Connie's life was dedicated to public service and her career choices reflected those values. She worked for the State of Alaska in Juneau and spent most of her public career working for the Municipality of Anchorage in various positions from 1983 to 1998. In 1994, she received the YWCA Alaska Women of Achievement Award. Connie retired from the municipality as head of the Department for Cultural and Recreational Services. As head of the department, many of the trails, recreational facilities, libraries, and artwork in Anchorage have Connie's seal of approval on them. Connie inspired others into service and mentored many public servants. Whether it was beautification, recreation, or the arts, she encouraged others to make our city a better place.

After retiring from the municipality, Connie received a Master of Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary. Afterwards, she spent much of her time as a priest for the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska at Christ Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

Connie was a member of PEO Chapter C, East Anchorage Rotary, co-founder of the Old Folks Sports, served on the Municipality of Anchorage's Family Planning Clinic Advisory Committee and on the Anchorage Planned Parenthood Board, served on the Police and Firefighter's Retirement Board, and was a Citizen Task Force Member for the Anchorage 2020 Plan. Even in retirement, she continued her ideology of public service.

Connie was an avid reader, film enthusiast, enjoyed the arts (opera, repertoire and local theater), talk radio, book clubs and knitting among other interests.

Connie is survived by her daughter and son in law, Caitlin (Sinclair) Jackson of Anchorage; son, Michael Jones of Anchorage; grandchildren, Isaiah and Naomi Jackson of Anchorage; sister and brother in law, Linda (Bruce) Feldt of Marshfield, WI; nieces, Jennifer and Sarah and great niece, Quinn; step-sister, Nancy Trandel of Crystal Lake, IL; and step-brother, Craig (Sharon) Kovar of Crystal Lake, IL.

Connie is preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Ruth Raasch and stepmother, Fran Raasch.

A Celebration of Life will be held on September 9th, 2013 at 2 P.M. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2222 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK. Connie's ashes will be scattered on a lake near a family cottage in Wisconsin.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510,Kansas City, MO 64114 or the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue,Montgomery, AL 36104.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2013
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