Constance Joan (Spirydowicz) Dayton|
February 19, 1921 ~ November 8, 2013
Our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on Friday, November 8, 2013 at the age of 92. Constance was born in Vladivostok, Russia to Hippolyte and Kazimiera Spirydowicz. In her early years and while growing up and with her family, Constance moved from Russia to Harbin, China, Tientsin, China, the Philippines, and eventually to Seattle where she attended and graduated from the University of Washington. After graduation, she met a mechanical engineer by the name of John T. (Dmitriev) Dayton whom she later married on September 22nd of 1951.
She received a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Washington where she also taught Russian as a Professor of Slavic Languages, and was also fluent in Polish and French. Constance then went to work for Bainbridge Island High School as the Librarian for many happy years where she stayed until she retired. She and John lived in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle where they raised three children until the death of her beloved husband in 1987. From that time on, Constance lived in the same Montlake home while taking care of her mother, three children, and grandchildren, and acting as the matriarch of a loving family. Constance is survived by her three children Anthony Dayton, Mei Dayton-Celt, and Michelle Dayton-Duggan (Mark), and grandchildren Stephanie Celt (Max), Adrienne Celt (David), Martin Celt, Nicole Duggan, and Josephine Celt, as well as two great grandchildren Liliana and Finlay.
Constance admired poetry, art, and literature, and filled her house with original compositions (getting a letter from Constance always meant receiving an illustrated poem, too - a great happiness to her distant family members). She was a wonderful and hardworking mother, whom her children and grandchildren loved, honored, appreciated, and miss with all their hearts. She devoted her life to her family, and will be forever remembered. Mom/Grandma, we love you and miss you, but we know you are now at peace with the clouds where we can see you!
A church service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2 at Saint Bridget Church, 4900 NE 50th, Seattle, with a graveside service to follow at Calvary Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Connie's life following back at Saint Bridgets in the Fireside Room
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Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 24, 2013