Constance "Connie" (Currier) Duley (1922 - 2018)

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Connie was a Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and loyal friend.  She passed away peacefully at the Birches in Concord on January 5, 2018, following her determined struggle with Alzheimer's in recent years.

Connie leaves behind her devoted husband, partner, and best friend of 71 years, George Erwin Duley, her loving daughters, Susan Elizabeth Duley of Boston and Janice Duley Longgood of Antrim, as well as three grandchildren, Erin Elizabeth Longgood, Kira Ann Longgood and Conor William Longgood of Antrim.  She also leaves behind the father of her grandchildren, Bret William Longgood of Concord NH and three nephews.

Connie was born on January 27, 1922, in Haverhill Mass. to Myrtle E. and Freeman D. Currier, both of whom worked in the shoe industry.  In her early years she lived in Haverhill, Mass. with her maternal aunt and uncle, then joined her family living in South Paris, Maine, Newburyport, Mass. and ultimately Danville.

Connie attended Sanborn Seminary in Kingston, where she was a member of the debating team and played three varsity sports.  She was awarded a scholarship to Boston University however due to family constraints, she chose to enter the field of dental hygiene.  Connie attended Forsyth Institute of Dental Hygiene in Boston and graduated in 1941.  She began her dental career in Athol and Boston, before moving to Barrington, Rhode Island where she worked during World War II.  There she met and became engaged to George E. Duley who was serving in the U.S. Navy.  Following her marriage to George and a honeymoon along the coast of Maine in 1946, Connie and George moved to New Hampshire, ultimately settling in Concord to bring up their children.  They moved to Swanzey in 1956 where she was employed as the school hygienist for the Keene School district.  When the family returned to Concord in 1961 she worked for dentists (Dr.) Jackson Freese, DMD and (Dr.) Richard Hood, DMD.  She enjoyed the respect of her professional colleagues and was a much sought after practitioner due to her exceptional skill.

Connie was a long-time resident of Concord. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church where for many years she volunteered and sat on numerous committees.  She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Child and Family Services where she served in the role of secretary for two terms.

Following retirement Connie spent time with husband George traveling in the United States and abroad, skiing, including multiple ski trips to Europe, and enjoying summers at their cottage in Wells, Maine.  Connie had a talent for learning new skills and took classes and pursued many interests.  Her hobbies included tole painting, lampshade making, beadwork and other handcrafts.  She was a great homemaker, maintained an active interest in finance and investing and functioned as the family planner.  She thoroughly enjoyed being an active member of an investment club through which she made many friends.  Connie most enjoyed time with friends, family and her grandchild helping to care for them in their younger years.  Connie was a quiet yet loyal friend to many; people that she met at school, church, work and at each place she lived.  Friends always felt welcome visiting her and George.

Connie was an ardent advocate for her children and actively involved in school parent groups.  She and George chaperoned the Concord High School band on trips to two Worlds Fairs and were regular attendees at their daughters' and grandchildren's every concert, dance recital and recognition event.  Connie's life was faithful to her belief that family was everything.  She was a caring sister, a dedicated daughter, a devoted mother, and a wonderful and loving Nana who shared a beautiful journey with her life-long love, companion and best friend George. 

She was pre-deceased by her sister, Carlene Currier Vogt of Haverhill, Mass. and Englewood, Fla., and her brothers, F. William Currier of Yarmouth, Maine and Raymond E. Currier of Orange Park, Fla.

Her wise counsel, gratitude and loving presence will be deeply missed.  

Friends are welcomed to join the family in a celebration of Connie's life Saturday, January 13, at 12 noon at the Red Blazer Restaurant.

In Lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to the VNA Hospice of Concord.

Bennett funeral home in Concord NH has been in charge of the final arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Duley Family. 
Published in The Concord Monitor on Jan. 11, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Bennett Funeral Home
209 North Main street | Concord, NH 033015048 | (603) 225-3517
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