Connie Sue Sheets
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Her Smile.
This is my mom. My hero, my supporter, my encourager. That smile shined an incredible light to her positivity, her happiness, her strength, her determination, her compassion, her kindness, her Love. She had undeniable selflessness ALWAYS. She put her Family First, 100%, giving ALL she had for us with overwhelming joy. She is proceeded in death by her daughter Tracie and survived by daughter Stacie, son in law Steve, grandchildren Mollie Rae, Quintan, Ryan, and great-grandson Wyatt.
Connie Sue Sheets was born in a farmhouse in Missouri on October 7, 1941. She loved the farm! Her fondest childhood memories were on the farm with her Grandad. Her family moved to San Diego when she was 8. She graduated from Helix High School and attended San Diego State University. Connie Sue worked for San Diego Union-Tribune for over 37 years as a Sr. Purchaser for the newspaper. Connie Sue passed on May 26, 2020. Her daughter Stacie was holding her hand when Our Lord and her daughter Tracie came to welcome her to heaven.
Her faith was very important. She was a strong Christian woman and knew Her Savior would protect and guide. She never doubted this and lived her life fully with hands lifted to Him. Though she was taken too soon, too tragically and too unexpectedly from Stevens Johnson Syndrome, she would have said "All in God's Great Plan".
Her strength to approach a cheating husband of seven years to give the ultimatum, either me or her. Her courage to pack up the car, drive across the states with a three-year-old and a six-month-old, when he chose her. She persevered, at a time when divorce was shamed. Her parents and friends turned their backs, and she struggled to find a job and a place to live. She led by example, that while we were homeless, there was always joy and happiness to be found in every situation. Her ability to forgive her parents and friends when they finally understood what she had been through. Her strong work ethic to work 2-3 jobs to provide for my sister and me. To always make sure we had what we needed and never feel we were missing out. Even to have a bike under the Christmas tree. We were the 3 musketeers.
Her diligence for our happiness in things we loved to do. For me, my love was dance. She would clean the dance studio weekly and make costumes, to pay for dance lessons that brought me so much joy. In my teen years, she drove me to dance lessons in LA from San Diego every weekend, so I could have the opportunity to train with top teachers and choreographers. She believed in me and my dream to perform when no one else did. She supported me in every way, performing or choreographing for Disney, never missing a performance. When Orange County Song & Dance came into my life, she loved it for the joy it brought me. She would drive up from San Diego to watch The Revue, 2-3 shows, every year for 30 years. She never missed a competition in Palm Springs for 30 years. She went on OCSD Tour and would drive up to see Christmas shows. She wore her OCSD shirt with pride. She was our OCSD Nana.
As a huge fan of the game of baseball, her excitement for the San Diego Padres was shared with my sister, especially Tony Gwynn. This love of the game would then be shared with her grandson Q and his love of the Boston Red Sox. She would support my sister's love of softball. From pitching lessons to being the team mom, she was always involved. She was our Girl Scout Leader and the room mom at school. She was at every event she could attend, cheering the loudest and the proudest, all while working 2-3 jobs.
Her pride in her grandchildren was beyond measure. She supported Mollie Rae and Quintan, in every endeavor, opportunity, occasion, and celebration. Living 2 hours away did not stop her from being there, ALWAYS, to encourage and love them in every way possible. Beaming with Joy and shining her contagious smile with overwhelming Love. She Adored Mollie Rae and Q beyond words. They were her pride and joy.
Her Love of her family brought her Tremendous Happiness. She loved her son in law, Steve, very much. He was the son she never had. They shared a sense of humor that was their own, and she cherished spending time with him. She was so happy when Ryan joined our family, as Mollie Rae's husband. She loved Ryan for his caring, helpfulness, and kind heart. She never stopped saying how much my sister Tracie would have loved him. She felt he was an answer to prayer for Mollie Rae. When Mollie Rae and Ryan were expecting, she waited all night in the waiting room at the hospital for Wyatt to be born, her first great-grandchild. She would be so tickled to see his sweet, fun personality. She will be his guardian "Gigie" and will always shine down on him.
Her determination as she cashed out her retirement to pay for my sister's cancer treatments and surgeries, hoping to prolong her life and make her as comfortable as possible when there was no more they could do. She stayed by my sister's side until she flew to heaven. Her power to beat three cancers herself. All the while being grateful because she always would say, someone always has it harder than she did.
Her compassion for giving of her time to feed the homeless and sew sleeping mats for them. She worked with underprivileged children and gave whatever she could to many charities. She fundraised for Muscular Dystrophy. She crocheted hats for the premature babies in the NICU. She was always giving and wanted to do whatever she could to help others.
Her example to be optimistic and kind even when life threw unexplainable hardships in her path. She was known as Miss Mary Sunshine, and you could see that in her smile.
Her smile.
The smile that beamed Love, Pride, Joy, Gratitude.
Thank you, Mom, for your unending love, grace, and selflessness.
Your smile will live in my heart, forever.
Stacie

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jul. 26, 2020.
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July 31, 2020
Brenda
July 31, 2020
Connie was my “sister” since 6th grade. We came in and out of each other’s lives over the years as we moved and were busy taking care of our families. She was one/fifth of the FEAST club (Friends Eating And Shopping Together) as we met in different places starting in Quartzsite AZ in 1997 until our last meeting in Jacksonville, OR in 2019. Two of our members left this world within the last 3 months and the loss is overwhelming. Connie and Lolita are now FEASTING in Heaven and are missed every day.
Karen Whalen
Friend
July 26, 2020
Marie
Friend
July 26, 2020
I first met Connie when I was performing with Stacie at Disneyland. It is very true that her smile and her spirit preceded any conversation you had with her! She had a wonderful way of making everyone she met feel special, unique, and loved.
Stacie is an amazing example of the selfless, loving, caring, incredible woman that Connie was. I am grateful and thankful that God blessed me by bringing Stacie and Connie both into my life.
Kerri Fenton
Friend
July 26, 2020
you will always have a front row seat. You have a lot of little stars to watch over.
Patty Boon
Friend
July 26, 2020
stacie, I am so sorry to hear about Connie. The last time I saw her and you was when Ida passed. Your Mom was so proud of you and Steve. She adored Mollie and Quin. She was a wonderful person to work with. Your tribute was beautiful.
Jeanette Arthur
Friend
July 26, 2020
I am oh so sorry to hear this news. Connie was always one of my favorite people at the UT. I remember her talking about her daughter dancing at Disneyland and how proud she was of her. Thank you for this wonderful remembrance of your remarkable mother.
Susan Childs Hancock
Coworker
July 26, 2020
Miss Mary Sunshine, always positive, caring, considerate and proud of her family! Her attitude, hard work, love and “sunshine” is who her daughter “Miss Stacy Craig” is! A leader, care giver, hard working , selfless good kind Christian woman! A mom, wife, grandma, sister and “Connies daughter,” Miss Stacy is always “with a Smile!” This is such a heartbreak but “Miss Mary Sunshine” lives on in each of her family members. I’m grateful to have Connie and Stacy’s friendship! Much love to all the Craig’s ! Love always the Wachman Family
Vicki Wachman
Friend
July 26, 2020
Connie was a great and caring friend. She loved to come to Cayucos for a visit on her way home from visiting friends in Oregon. She would even make the long drive from San Diego to Cayucos to cat sit for me so I could go on a vacation. She loved the cats and they loved her. She would take my place at bible study night when I was gone. The bible study group loved her and asked when she was coming up again. They kept her in prayer while she was ill.

Connie's smile was her trademark. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandson and lived her life for them.

Connie, you will be missed but I know you are with the Lord and probably playing games with your Tracie.

Love you much!
Bonnie Little
Family
July 26, 2020
She was an amazing grandmother and mother. I will miss seeing her smile on our tour trips together and her amazing personality. Ready easy Connie, your legacy will live on.
Amelia Gabriel
Friend
July 26, 2020
Ms. Connie was the definition of strength and tenacity. She was always willing to help out and did it with that big ol’ smile! She treated my kids like her own grandchildren and we miss her like crazy.. we love you Ms. Connie
Tracy
Neighbor
July 26, 2020
Sending you all strength and love and many prayers in this time. Praying for God to heal your hearts. Connie was a beautiful smile that came from her beautiful soul. She was a part of my life because I was Stacie’s friend. That was all she needed to treat me like family. She is an angel that will watch over many. Love you all! Melissa
Melissa Snow
Friend
July 26, 2020
I worked at the U-T for many years and on occasion interacted with Connie. I remember her smile and her laugh. She was so proud of both of her daughters, sharing your achievements with such pride. I smile thinking of her and send my sympathies to you and the entire family.
Carmen Molina-Boomer
Coworker
July 26, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. This was the most beautiful tribute and I feel as though I know Connie even more now. Even though I didn’t get to spend much time with her, I was able to feel her passion for her family, animals and life. She was an incredibly special woman and I am happy to have met her. She is a true inspiration.
Caren Lopez
Family
July 26, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I was a supplier to the UT and Connie and I would chat long after our business was done. We enjoyed many birthday lunches at PF Chang’s discussing our kids. Connie was very good to me and I will miss her!
Marv Mittleman
Friend
July 26, 2020
connie was a longtime resident of our community. She was on the homeowners board serving in several titles even at one time president. She was an active member of the fun bunch for many years. She went on several cruises with a group from the community as we traveled throughout this great country of ours. She was always willing to help anyone that needed a little encouragement. She lived in our community for over 40 years and always kept her home looking perfect. She took a lot of pride in her home and it showed. She will be missed. God has another angel on his side. Prayers to the family.
Rick Hubert
Friend
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