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Connie Furniss Frisch-Galton

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Connie Furniss Frisch-Galton 1945 ~ 2007 Connie Furniss Frisch-Galton age 61, passed away November 19, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Connie was born December 26, 1945 in San Francisco, California to Wilford O. (Toots) Furniss and Pyllis Dean Furniss. Connie graduated from Ben Lomond High School. Graduated from University of Utah, earning a (B.A.), Pennsylvania State University (M.A.), John Hopkins University, (M.A.), and the University of Maryland, (PhD, A.B.D). Because of her childhood diabetes, Connie knew she had to live a lot in the time she had. As a high school senior, Connie was the second runner-up to Miss Utah. At the University of Utah, she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. After completing her Masters in International Relations at Penn State University, Connie worked at the First National Bank of Maryland. Soon, though, she found her true passion lay in Psychology and Counseling. Connie obtained a Masters Degree in Psychology at Johns Hopkins, while continuing her work at First National. Connie then began her counseling career at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, working with amputees, the orthopedically disabled, diabetics and substance abusers. While working, Connie found time to pursue a PhD in Human Relations at the University of Maryland. In 1978, she returned to the University of Utah as the Director of Mental Health and Aging Program. In 1982, Connie became the Director of a diversion program for Adult Mentally-Retarded Felon Offenders. In 1984, Connie served as the Administrator of a Facility for Severly/Profoundly Mentally Retarded and Physically Disabled People. From 1985 to 1993, Connie served in a variety of counseling positions in the State of Utah. In 1993, Connie became the State of Utah Volunteer Coordinator in the Department of Human Services. Connie retired in 1998. While working, Connie also taught classes, including Driver's Education, Coping With Stress, Alzheimer's Disease, Death and Dying, Sexuality, Humor, Pet Loss and Bereavment, Treatment of the Terminally Ill, CPR for Bystanders, Making Effective Preparations, Teen Suicide, plus dozens of others. To describe Connie's condensed, colorful life in a small space barely begins to touch the people and organizations that Connie loved and helped. She always gave of herself and was not willing or even sometimes able to accept the thanks that we all owed to her. How many of us received an official letter of thanks from the Secretary of Defense for collecting books and games for Desert Storm Troops? Connie did. Never slowing down, connie was called "Red Ant" by the Navajo when she was on the reservation, researching her PhD. Dissertation. Even when handicapped by failing vision and limited mobility, Connie continued to volunteer, including painting the homes of the elderly. Our lives are poorer for her loss. We can only honor her by honoring and cherishing one another. Survivors include her husband, Bruce R. Galton, step-daughters, Tami Thomas and Tanya Galton. Eileen Edwards, (Birth Mother). Survied by siblings, Judy Bills, Stanley Edwards, Scott Edwards, Kathleen Holland and Robert Edwards and two grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents. Services will be Tuesday, November 20th at 4:00 P.M. at the Ogden City Cemetery. Interment will be held at the Ogden City Cemetery. Funeral directors, Evans & Early Mortuary, Salt Lake City.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 20, 2007
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