1943 ~ 2021
Our angel mother, Connie Kwant-Snow, aged 78, passed away peacefully at home on September 16th surrounded by her family. Our mom was a warrior! She battled cancer for over 5 years with dignity and strength. Connie had the most positive attitude, always looking for the good in all things. She was classy, hardworking, and never complained. Connie had "prayer" mastered. She relied heavily on our Father-in-Heaven and His son Jesus Christ.
Born June 26, 1943, in Roosevelt Utah to Ruland Jay and LeNore Merkley Gill. She was the oldest of 4 children, taking on the role of protector and second mom as the older sister. Connie graduated from Highland High school, class of '61, and then attended the University of Utah. She married John William Kwant Jr. on August 4, 1965. They were blessed with three children: Lisa, John III, and Amy.
Connie worked for Eastern Airlines, and later had a very successful career in Real Estate. She loved each of her clients and treated them as if they were family. She was a master negotiator and could always bring a real estate transaction together where it was a "win-win" for both sides. Connie loved getting out and having fun and was always up for an adventure. Some of her favorite places include Bear Lake (indulging in a LaBeau's raspberry shake), camping and 4-wheeling in Canyonlands (although she would always get out of the car and walk over Elephant Hill). She enjoyed night's out in Park City, and hiking all of the trails at Brighton. Connie loved a party! Her Sunday roast, mashed potatoes, and hot rolls were legendary. She could cook for an army. We all carry around a few extra pounds thanks to her mint brownies and homemade ice cream.
Connie married John Palmer Snow in November of 2001. They enjoyed travelling the world, growing, and caring for their hearty vegetable garden, and doting on their kids and grandkids. Connie's grandchildren affectionately called her "Nanny", which was so fitting since she was a daily fixture in their lives.
Connie was fiercely protective of her family. If you ever needed someone in your corner, she would be the one to call. There wasn't anything she couldn't help you do; she knew how to get things done! Nanny and her granddaughter, Hannah, coined our family motto which is "WOGWAG" - Where One Goes, We All Go! This is our family conviction, forever we'll stand united.
Connie is survived by her children; Lisa (Brian) Murphy, John William III (Cindy) Kwant, Amy (David) Anderson; stepchildren, Nadine (Marcus) Cushway, John (Laura) Snow, Jennifer Skinner. Grandchildren; Hannah and Benjamin Nielsen; Johnny and Andrew Kwant; Kate, Matthew, and Samuel Anderson; Zachary Forland, Chloe Wallace; Griffen and Crosby Snow; Earl LaPole, Kinleigh Skinner. Siblings; Ruland (Karen) Gill, Shauna (Steve) Hillstead, Kelly (Carrie) Gill. Special sisters-in-law; Patricia (Bruce) Christensen, Carol (David) Kwant. Preceded in death by her sweetheart John Palmer Snow.
Thank You to Dr. Saundra S. Buys and her team at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital, and Dr. Roy J. Gandolfi for all of your medical care over the years. Special heartfelt "Thank You" to her caregivers who gave us an extra year with our mom; Alisa Hancock, Connie Zubrod, and Colleen Christiansen. You were "His hands". There are no words to express our love and appreciation for you, you are family now and forever! Thank you for being our angels here on earth.
There are no goodbyes for us, only see you laters. Until we meet again. We love you, mom!
Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Condolences can be shared with the family online at www.larkincares.com
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Sep. 22 to Sep. 26, 2021.