CONSTANCE ALICE PAPKE 12/11/1919 - 5/21/2013 Constance "Connie" Alice Papke, 93, passed away peacefully in her Colorado Springs home at 3:45am on May 21, 2013 of natural causes after a long and beautiful life. Born on December 11, 1919, in Ottawa, Kansas to George Colby, Jr. and Bertha Ladd, Connie was the youngest of four girls. Her family moved to Southern California around 1920 where Connie grew up, traveling often by rail to visit relatives across the country. Connie is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Hunt, son, Leroy Papke, seven grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Eva, Esther, and Mable; beloved husband, Frederick "Fred" Papke, Jr.; eldest son, William "Bill" Papke; and great-grandson, Stephen Anthony Hunt. Connie met Fred at a church service in June 1936 and they were soon engaged. They were secretly married in Riverside in July 1937 but Connie's parents immediately had the marriage annulled and sent Connie off to Missouri to attend college at Central Bible Institute. Connie transferred schools and graduated from Southern California Bible College in June 1940. Connie and Fred found each other again and eloped to Yuma, Arizona in March 1941. Connie and Fred raised their family in Southern California, including Lucerne Valley and Victorville where they eventually settled. Connie owned her own florist shop for a time and later worked as a switchboard operator for an answering service until she retired. With an enduring spirit for adventure, she moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1991 and then to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2010. Connie will be remembered for her unwavering devotion to our Lord and Savior, for teaching His love to everyone around her, for her compassion, strength, humor, exceptional story-telling, and joyful smile. She was a gifted musician, playing the piano, organ, and accordion. An artist at heart, she created beautiful floral arrangements and crafts, crocheted, and sketched. Connie was also an excellent cook and baker. She put all of these wonderful talents to good use throughout her life, playing music in church, organizing banquets and events, creating gorgeous and delicious wedding cakes, and much, much more. Jesus, The Holy Bible (John 11:25): "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." Connie loved and was loved by many. She was a blessing to all who knew her and will be deeply missed. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 12:30pm. A private memorial service will be held to celebrate Connie's life
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Published in the Daily Press on May 25, 2013