CONNIE L. BELL 56 years old, resident of Santa Fe, died on October 9, 2013. Connie was born October 4, 1957, in Phoenix, Arizona. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Joseph E. Chato, beloved children Daniel J. Baker of New York City, and Jessica M. Baker of Flagstaff, AZ. Connie is also survived by her father Max E. Bell of Sun City, AZ, sister Carolyn B. Patterson of Canton, GA, Gene Baker, father of her children Gene Baker and his wife Kim and their children Matt and Kristin, and numerous other loved ones. Connie was preceded in death by her mother Jimmie M. Bell, and grandparents James and Alice Moss and Rex and Beulah Bell. Connie attended Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, AZ and Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ before moving to San Francisco, CA to work at Peat Marwick and Mitchell. She returned to Phoenix in 1983 where she raised her two beloved children. After residing in Albuquerque, NM, Connie later moved to Santa Fe 1997 where she held various positions with the State of New Mexico, ultimately landing in the Children, Youth, and Families Department. In Santa Fe, she met Joseph Chato and the two married in 2013. Connie lived life to its fullest, and was devoted to her many passions, interests, and especially her friends and family. She loved to ski, particularly with her children, and enjoyed getting lost in a good book. She was also an active member of the Santa Fe Chapter National Organization of Women, working to ensure equal rights for all. Celebration of Connie's life will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 4 p.m. at Santa Fe Country Club, 4360 Country Club Rd, Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Fe, 730 Alto Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900