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Constance Hornbeck

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Constance Swearinger

October 28, 1928 - November 17, 2016

Age 88, of San Pedro, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, on November 17, 2016 at her home in Bonita.

She was born in Chicago to Bert & Norma Swearinger on October 28, 1928, raised in San Pedro and graduated from San Pedro High School, Class of 1946. She loved returning often to visit her lifelong friends. After earning her AA degree from Compton Junior College, she embarked on her adventurous life. Independent-minded; beautiful; multi-talented; generous; warm; funny; intelligent and ahead of her time.

She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1949. Connie began working at Hawaiian Electric Home Services Department. She often shared a memory of times when she held ink bottles while "Sailor Jerry" tattooed sailors on liberty on his schooner. She fell in love with all things Hawaiian – sun, sand, music, muumuus and lush tropical plants. She met and fell in love with Donald Hornbeck, a U.S. Navy pilot, and they were married May 26, 1951.

The next 65 years were exciting adventures: five children, travel from Pensacola to Japan to Los Angeles, then Newfoundland; the East Coast to Midway Island, finally settling in Bonita in 1972. Connie lovingly raised her children and made lifelong friends along the way.

Connie is preceded in death by her husband, Don. She is survived by her five children: Donna (Steve) Russell of Spokane, Robb (Melissa Beauford) Hornbeck of Las Vegas, Rick (Beth) Hornbeck of Capitola, Kathy Kendrick and Melissa Hornbeck of Bonita; nine grandchildren: David, Billy, Stevie and Malia Throop; Kyle and Taylor Hornbeck; and Daniel, Jesse and TJ Kendrick. Her first great-grandchild is due in February 2017.

Services will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Pt. Loma on December 14, 2016 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the . Connie was a passionate supporter of Veterans and animal welfare groups, among others.

Connie will always be known for her generosity and gracious hosting. This smart, talented and fun-loving fashionista will live on forever with her legacy of love and beauty. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 4, 2016
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