Constance L. Dere (1949 - 2017)

  • "To Connie's family I am sorry to hear of her death. I sang..."
    - Donna Evans
  • "To the family, I am sorry to hear the news about your loss...."
  • "I had the pleasure of working with Connie at the ball park...."
  • "Connie was spoke of highly. By my mother Connie Faye Feeley..."
    - JoLinda Richardson
  • "Still so weird that you are no longer with us, Mum. I know..."
    - Tammy Stewart

Constance Connie Louise (Smith) Dere, 68, passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, Jan. 31, 2017, at Providence Hospital with family by her side. Connie was born to parents Frederick L. Smith and Wanetta May Bates in St. Clair, Mich., on Jan. 26, 1949. Connie was one of seven children, with one sister, Cindee; her parents; niece, Katherine; and her Aunt Donna, preceding her death. Connie attended Chugiak High School and obtained an Associates Degree in Computer Science. Connie moved to California in the early '90s, and then moved back to Alaska, in 2011, to be closer to her three children, Tammy, Shawn and Earnie. Connie was a retired accountant/secretary, yet most recently enjoyed working for the Glacier Pilots at the ticket counter, and as Secretary at her place of residence. She loved watching her TV shows, Coca Cola, reading smut magazines, scrapbooking and arts/crafts. She had a great sense of humor and always tried to see the positive in everything. She loved Jesus and attended church as often as she could. She always tried to make people laugh, and loved being needed. She will be missed every single day. Connie is survived by her three children, Tammy Stewart, Shawn Mullins and Earnie Mullins; sisters, Donna Freeman, Sue McCracken and Dawn Freeman; and brothers, Fred Smith and Michael Smith; nieces, Crystal Hutto, Heather Trouy, Gayle Dinwiddie and Jordan Freeman; nephews, Freddy Smith, Kevin Freeman, Theodore Smith and Topher Cronin; cousins, Jimbo Petito and Stan and Merlyn Petito, Sherrie and Jerry Kincaid, Sherry Parker, Penny and Craig Morrow, Rex Cash; and many other loving family members and very dear friends. The family held a private viewing on Feb. 6, 2017, and a Celebration of Life is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Cattle Company.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 10, 2017