SEATTLE Connie Kay Kolokotrones, 55, a resident of Seattle since 1980, died of cancer Saturday, Nov. 17, at her home
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Cremation has taken place, and there will be no public service. Mourners may attend one of the following events in memory of Connie Kolokotrones: Wednesday, Dec. 5, Evergreen Hospice "Light Up Your Life," 12822 124th Lane Northeast, Kirkland, WA 98034, (425) 899-1070 or Saturday, Dec. 8, Greenlake Luminaries Pathway of Lights, 100 Dexter Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109, (206) 684-4075.
Connie passed away after a courageous, two-year battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 23, 1957, in Butte. She was predeceased by her parents Louie and Dorothy Kolokotrones. She and two sisters, Vicki and Patti, moved to Great Falls in 1964 to live with her aunt and uncle, Betty and Guy Crowe, who became their parents.
Connie is survived by her parents, Betty and Guy Crowe, Great Falls; sisters Vicki (Iouri) Kharitonov, Seattle; Patti (Ernesto) Reyes, Las Vegas; Kathy Crowe (Al Hecker) and their children, Dylan Madsen, Hannah Madsen and Connor Hecker, Chicago; Laura (Tony) DelGuerra and their children, Madeline and Olivia (aka Mini-Me), Missoula; Major Tim (Shelly) Crowe and their children, Caden and Cale, Helena; and Gingy (Blaine) Bolyard, Kingsport, Tenn.; numerous friends, including her friend of 43 years, Cynthia Hedahl, Norco, Calif.; Roger Sorenson, Lynnwood, Wash.; and her cat, Ralph. Connie was loved by numerous cousins, clients and students.
Connie graduated from Great Falls High School, Class of 1975, Great Falls. She was a member of the GFHS Color Guard and the track team. She participated in Faith Assembly Order of Rainbow for Girls and was a past Worthy Advisor.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, in the field of art, in 1979 from Montana State University - Bozeman. During summers off from college, Connie worked at Macao's Mexican Restaurant in Las Vegas to pay for college. Macao's was always her all-time favorite restaurant.
After graduating college, Connie moved to Seattle and went to work for Bonnie Moffat, an interior designer, mentor and friend. Bonnie sold her interior design business to Connie in 1984. Connie's greatest joy was to create enjoyable work and home spaces for her clients.
In June 2006, Connie graduated with a Master of Science from Central Washington University, Ellensburg. She taught interior design at Central Washington University.
Connie received recognition for Outstanding Support on the Home Front from J. Peter Hronek, Colonel, USAF, for her work in providing school supplies during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006.
On March 14, 2011, Connie was presented with an award from Central Washington University, College of Education and Professional Studies, in recognition of her outstanding teaching, as a member of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Charitable services was another area where she found fulfillment. She enjoyed her years of service for the Fred Hutchison Guild raising money for cancer research, where she served as president in 1991.
She enjoyed golfing, biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, traveling, beading, spending time at the family cabin at Canyon Ferry Lake and in Maui, Hawaii.
Connie was baptized as an infant at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Butte, and was re-baptized in April 2011 at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church in Riverside, Calif. During a special trip to California, she made sure plenty of thought, prayer and attention was given to the events of that day, knowing that one day it would bring eternal life and that she would be resting in the loving arms of our father.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the following organizations: Great Falls Public Schools – Foundation for Great Falls High School, P. O. Box 249, Great Falls, MT 59403; or Montana State University – Alumni Foundation, P. O. Box 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717. Cards may be sent to Betty and Guy Crowe, 901 Park Garden Road, Great Falls, MT 59404
Please sign her guestbook at www.caringbridge.org/visit/conniekolokotrones or condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 27, 2012