Connie Kay Kolokotrones|
Connie Kay Kolokotrones, 55, a resident of Seattle, WA since 1980, passed away on Saturday, November 17 at her home after a courageous, 2-year battle with cancer. Connie was born January 23, 1957, in Butte, MT. She was predeceased by her parents Louie & 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, MT; sisters, Vicki (Iouri) Kharitonov, Seattle, WA; Patti (Ernesto) Reyes, Las Vegas, NV; Kathy Crowe (Al Hecker) and their children Dylan Madsen, Hannah Madsen, and Connor Hecker, Chicago, IL; Laura (Tony) DelGuerra and their children, Madeline and Olivia (aka: Mini-Me), Missoula, MT; Major Tim (Shelly) Crowe and their children, Caden and Cale, Helena, MT.; Gingy (Blaine) Bolyard, Kingsport, TN; numerous friends including her friend of 43 years, Cynthia Hedahl, Norco, CA; Roger Sorenson, Lynnwood, WA; 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, MT. She was a member of the 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 Bachelors of Arts degree, in the field of Art, in 1979 from Montana State University. During summers off from college, Connie worked at Macao's Mexican Restaurant, in Las Vegas, NV 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 Degree from Central Washington University, Ellensburg. She also taught Interior Design at Central Washington University. In 2006, 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. March 14, 2011, Connie was presented with an award from Central Washington University, College of Education and Professional Studies, as recognition of her outstanding teaching, as a member of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Charitable services was another area where Connie 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, MT, and in Maui, HI. Connie was baptized as an infant at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Butte, Montana and was re-baptized in April 2011 at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church in Riverside, CA. 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.
** Cremation has taken place and there will be no public service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the organizations below, or please attend one of the events below in memory of Connie Kolokotrones:
December 5, 2012 @
Light Up Your Life
12822 124th Lane Northeast
Kirkland, WA 98034
Or December 8, 2012
Greenlake Luminaries --
Pathway of Lights
100 Dexter Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Great Falls Public Schools - Foundation for Great Falls High School P. O. Box 249 Great Falls, MT 59403
Montana State University - Alumni Foundation P. O. Box 172750 Bozeman, MT 59717
Cards can be sent to her parents at:
Betty & Guy Crowe
901 Park Garden Road
Great Falls, MT 59404
Please sign her guestbook on: www.caringbridge.org/visit/conniekolokotrones
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012