Constance Marie Staudohar
Those who spent a few hours with Connie Staudohar found themselves in the presence of a lively listener who possessed rare kindness and uncommon generosity.
Those lucky enough to spend months or years around Connie found even more – a bottomless heart that was deeply committed to her family, an inquisitive mind that consistently sought new horizons, and a spirit that burned brightly despite profound personal losses.
Connie died May 19, 2009, and will be deeply missed by her family, friends and a community that stretches far beyond the boundaries of the Gallatin Valley.
Connie was born Aug. 14, 1953 in Anaconda, the second child of Pete Staudohar and Peg (Parry) Staudohar. She graduated from Anaconda High School in 1971 and subsequently became the first person in her family to go to college when she enrolled at the University of Montana in Missoula.
While there, Connie met Chris Boyd, and the two were married in 1973. The couple moved to Seattle, where Connie received a nursing degree from the University of Washington. The family relocated to Bozeman in 1983 and Connie spent her first several years in the area working as a public health nurse.
Later, she returned to school to earn a master's degree in history from Montana State University. In recent years, Connie taught various classes at MSU, served on the board of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the Sunset Hills Cemetery and was active in other community and civic causes. At the time of her death, Connie was nearing completion of her Ph.D. in the History of Science and Medicine at MSU. She was widely respected in academic circles for the passion and energy of her research.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Peg Staudohar; her husband of 25 years, Chris Boyd; and in recent years her loving companion, John Kjelland. She is survived by her children, Dan Boyd of Santa Fe, N.M. and Brenna Boyd of Tempe, Ariz.; her brothers, Joe and Doug Staudohar of Anaconda; as well as nieces, nephews, countless friends, and a loving extended family.
Connie loved the outdoors and spent countless summers with family and friends at the family cabin near Philipsburg. She traveled to Costa Rica with friends earlier this year after studying Spanish in her 50s. She loved cross-country skiing, eating outdoors, and being around people from all walks of life.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday at Pilgrim Congregational Church at 2 p.m. A celebration of her life will also be held this year at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, the Montana Historical Society, or an organization of the donor's choice. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 24 to May 25, 2009