Constance Mae Sinkler-Durvin (1943 - 2017)

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Constance Mae Sinkler-Durvin, 74, went to be with the Lord after a seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer on Dec. 13, 2017. Connie died in Anchorage, Alaska, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Aaron and Elizabeth Hersh. She was lovingly surrounded by her family for her last moments and months. Her last words were, "I love you."
On the day of her passing the winter skies of Anchorage were clear and sunny. The sky that night was filled with a beautiful meteor shower. Connie had a deep faith and was welcomed to Heaven.
Connie was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on June 7, 1943, to Herbert Scott and Elizabeth Jane (Muldoon) Durvin. She attended Olney High School and The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She trained to be a stewardess and enjoyed flying throughout the world with Capitol Airways.
Through her years as a stewardess she made many lifelong friends including her first husband, Sewell Ford Faulkner. They lived in Girdwood and Anchorage, Alaska. She later moved to Maui, Hawaii, where she met her second husband, David E. D. Sinkler. She also lived in Hayden Lake and Post Falls, Idaho; Capitola, Calif.; and Tualatin, Ore. She returned to Alaska in 2017.
Connie had a gift of making friends and fun, and was always a generous and creative hostess. She had the ability to make anyone feel at home and welcomed. She lived life everyday with joy and looked for adventure and fun. Connie was passionate about life in all its forms. She loved animals and had a kind heart for outcasts, underdogs and people with special needs. She saw good and gifts in all. She was a good listener and advocate for those in need and had a penchant for forgiveness and loyalty. Connie was also a gifted and beautiful oil painter and painted throughout her life.
Connie worked as a stewardess, preschool teacher, art teacher, home daycare owner, restaurant hostess, school bus driver, dental office manager, coffee barista and floral designer.
She would have most loved to be remembered for being a devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law and friend to Sarah Elizabeth Faulkner-Mattingley (Darren) of Girdwood; Elizabeth Jane Hersh (Aaron) of Anchorage; Lily Avi Crowder (John) of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and Jedaiah John Sinkler of Santa Cruz, Calif. She was a loving, involved and devoted grandmother to Maile, Jonas, Nova and Ezekial Crowder, Jordan, Noelle and Sophia Mattingley and Jacob, Benjamin, James and Grace Hersh. She had a personal and special relationship with each of her grandkids. She is also survived by her loving siblings and their spouses: Elizabeth Schaeffer of Warrington, Pa.; Lorraine Zane (Donald) of Kula, Maui, Hawaii; and Scott Durvin (Meg) of Horsham, Pa.; and her nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews. She is also survived and lovingly remembered by her former stepchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Girdwood Chapel, 100 Timberline Drive, Girdwood, AK 99587, with a celebration of life to follow.
Connie's family encourages you to reach out to anyone you know who is fighting cancer and to tell your loved ones how much you love them as often as possible.
Arrangements were with Janssen Funeral Homes.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 7, 2018