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Purdy & Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home

409 West Main Street, Monroe, WA

OBITUARY

Connie Lee Haning

December 15, 1956January 27, 2020
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Connie Lee Haning, a resident of Sultan, WA, passed away unexpectedly on January 27, 2020 with her two sisters, brother-in-law and a very dear friend of the family by her side. Connie was only 63. Connie’s life journey began on December 15, 1956 in Phoenix, Arizona, a daughter born to Paul and Mary (Hoover) Haning. Her journey would not keep her in Arizona long before the family moved to California just two weeks later where her father began his job with Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL). After spending her first few years in Pasadena and Azusa California, the family would relocate to Barstow, CA in 1961. Connie grew up in Barstow where she graduated from Barstow High School in 1975. After a few odd jobs, one being the best cocktail waitress at Steak Eaters restaurant, she began working for the United States Post Office. There she would hold several positions, but I’m sure many in Barstow will remember her as the “nice” window clerk. She received numerous awards while her tenure at the Post Office, including letters from very satisfied customers regarding her excellent customer service. Her last years working at the post office were spent behind the scenes working the box section and “throwing” mail. Connie retired in December 2011 after over 30 years of service. After retiring Connie spent some time in Barstow, then moving to Idaho Falls. She left Idaho Falls to move to Painesville, OH before finally relocating to Washington state in the fall of 2013 to be with her sisters Sherre and Lisa. Connie most recently was living with her sisters and brother-in-law in Sultan. Connie loved dancing as a child and that passion never left her. Although her lung disease made it hard for her to breathe and require oxygen, she still found the energy to dance when she could. Connie was a gentle and kind soul and touched the lives of all those she met with her infectious smile, just like her mother. Her love for animals was one of her passions, and no more so than her love for her beloved dog, Teddy Bear. She recently found a hobby she enjoyed and that was diamond painting and has completed many. She could make you laugh. If you ever played a board game with her, she would cheat if you weren't looking and laugh about it later and call herself out. She had a very warped sense of humor that we all loved, and we all know how she loved to pose for pictures with that famous finger of hers. She often joked with Sherre that they should start their own reality show as the two of them thought they were hilarious. Connie was a free spirit and although that flame was doused for a time, it was coming back. She was living her life again and accepting what was. She truly was a loving, caring, and compassionate person. Connie will be missed beyond words. Connie leaves behind her sister Sherre Haning Hankinson, Sultan, WA, a brother Blaine Haning (Lisa M McFadden) Beverly, MA, a sister Lisa Haning Roberts (Dean), niece Mary Johnson (Bruce), nephews Michael Becker (Leslie), Bob Becker, Al Becker (Margie Jamison), David Becker, great nieces Jessica Johnson, Brittany Becker, Layla Becker, great nephews Chris Johnson (Holly Kirk) Alan Becker (Chelsie), Ryan LaFranier, David Becker, Jr., and six great-great nieces and nephews. Connie is preceded in death by a brother, Don “Butchy” Leroy Ness, a sister, Linda Kay Mennecke, both parents, Paul Earl Haning and Mary L Enderud, step-father Jesse “Bud” Enderud, and both maternal and paternal grandparents. Visitation will be on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 3-5 pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 2-4 pm at Purdy Kerr Funeral home, 409 Main Street, Monroe, WA 98272. Connie’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be a celebration of her life reception following the service at Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, 507 W Stevens Ave #9453, Sultan, WA. Connie was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease, IPF – Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2017. Although many strides have been achieved, continued research is desperately needed so hopefully one day there will be a cure for this disease. In memory of Connie, if you would like to commemorate her and her desire to find a cure to this disease, please consider donating for research to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St, Ste 500, Chicago, IL 60611, www.pulmonary.fibrosis.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Connie leaves behind her sister Sherre Haning Hankinson, Sultan, WA, a brother Blaine Haning (Lisa M McFadden) Beverly, MA, a sister Lisa Haning Roberts (Dean), niece Mary Johnson (Bruce), nephews Michael Becker (Leslie), Bob Becker, Al Becker (Margie Jamison), David Becker, great nieces Jessica Johnson, Brittany Becker, Layla Becker, great nephews Chris Johnson (Holly Kirk) Alan Becker (Chelsie), Ryan LaFranier, David Becker, Jr., and six great-great nieces and nephews. Connie is preceded in death by a brother, Don “Butchy” Leroy Ness, a sister, Linda Kay Mennecke, both parents, Paul Earl Haning and Mary L Enderud, step-father Jesse “Bud” Enderud, and both maternal and paternal grandparents.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 8, 2020

Memories

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Gina Samorajski

February 4, 2020

When I first met Connie at Skyline North Elementary (1st grade) I knew we would become friends but ultimately she was a chosen sister of mine. We fought like sisters and loved like sisters. I am so blessed to have had this beautiful woman in my life. She loved with all her heart and soul. Her family was the most precious thing she had and my heart breaks for all of you. I love you Connie forever and you will always live in my heart till I see you again.

Sherre Hankinson

February 3, 2020

My sister, my friend. We shared a life's journey of memories. There are just to many to share. We loved each other, hated each other, drove each crazy, but in the end we loved because we are family, sisters and friends. God gave me siblings so I would always have a friend. I miss my sister, my friend. I love you.
Sherre

Debbie Blanchard

February 3, 2020

We meet in our 20's and a 41 year friendship began. How I enjoyed our shopping trips, lunches and dinners, trips to Vegas, Disney Land, Hawaii , and much more. She was and is the best friend ever, always there for me during the up's and downs, tears and laughter, as I hope I was for her. So many many memories I have that I wish I could share all of them with you. Connie I miss you, I am happy you are dancing freely as long as you want. Know that your life with us brought so much happiness. I will see you again. Love you my dear Connie.

Angie Acosta

February 2, 2020

I knew Connie from the post office but not personally. Little did I know that we would meet again last year in Big Bear . She came to a reunion of sorts to meet up with other classmates from the Riffian Class of 1975 which includes my daughter. She was so funny and didn’t let her illness get her down. Rest In Peace Connie. You will be missed by all who knew you and loved you.

Lorry Ford

February 1, 2020

To one of my BEST friends, we grew up together and had so many years of memories, but still your life was cut too short. Wishing we had many more ahead of us. Will think of you often and never forget you and your sense of humor. Your smile was beautiful and heart warming, you were such a kind soul. Until we meet again, save a seat for me. Love you my dear friend.

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Biography

Many things can be said about Connie Lee Haning. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathetic woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Connie had a focus on harmony and peace.

       Her parents were Paul and Mary Haning. Connie was raised in Barstow, California. When she was young, Connie's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Connie demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

      Connie grew up with 5 siblings, but did have an older brother, Butchy, that she never knew. He had passed before she was born. She had two older sisters, Linda (deceased) and Sherre, and two younger siblings, a brother, Blaine, and a sister, Lisa. Connie was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Connie carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Connie was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

      As a young girl, Connie was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Connie could easily relate to other kids. She was an active child who took part in ballet. She was a Brownie. However, to Connie, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      During her high school years, Connie had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She graduated from Barstow High School in 1975. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. In this way, Connie had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. She liked being a goof-ball and making people laugh and had a very intuitive side to her and always knew when someone needed to talk. Teachers and classmates knew Connie as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner.

      Always considered a “great” friend, Connie sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Connie always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Connie’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Connie would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Connie was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end. She always preferred to give than to receive and would always feel guilty if she was unable to do the same for someone if they had done something for her. Throughout her life she had many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Gina Ruffalo and Lorry Cafer. Later in life, she became friends with Debbie Blanchard, Frances Gable, Troy Hill and many, many others.

      Connie experienced success in her work life. Her primary occupation was as a postal worker where she had held many different positions and learned many different facets of the postal system. She was employed for 30 years with the US Post Office in Barstow, CA. Connie always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Connie took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Connie was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Connie was a valued employee and received lots of recognition from customers who had the pleasure of being assisted by her while working at the post office.

      Because she was organized and methodical, Connie took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were stamp collecting, diamond painting, and playing games both board and on the computer. Connie enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Connie was given accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. If the truth were known, Connie was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. Connie received many awards and accommodations while working for the Post Office. She received many Outstanding Service awards and Customer Satisfaction awards.

         Connie was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Connie's favorite was Connie loved dogs and has had many. Her dog, Teddy, a poodle-mix, was her best companion. They were best friends for 8 years. Connie had two beautiful Westies, Buddy and Weezer, who she lost several years ago that were also her best buddies.

      When Connie’s retirement finally came in 2011, she was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that she was, Connie had taken care to plan for this part of her life. When that time eventually arrived, Connie knew exactly what she wanted to do. Her new life involved relocating to Idaho, then to Ohio, and finally settling in Washington. In retirement, she found new pleasure in being a couch potato (SMILE). Unfortunately, in 2017 Connie was diagnosed with a terminal lung disease and was limited in the events that she could do without oxygen. She would walk her dogs and her sisters dogs and found pleasure in just enjoying life at home doing her diamond paintings, tanning, socializing with friends she had made, and spending time with family. Even in retirement, Connie continued to stay in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances.

      Connie passed away on January 27, 2020 at Providence Everett Medical Center, Everett, Washington. Ultimately, we believe that Connie died of cardiac arrest. She fought hard to survive, but her body was just too weak from the lung disease and she could fight no longer. She is survived by her three siblings, Sherre, Blaine, and Lisa. Services were held at Purdy and Kerr Funeral Home, Monroe, Washington. Connie was cremated and her ashes will be spread in many different places as that is what she would want.

      Throughout her life, Connie was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She was non-judgmental and had a kind and loving heart. She loved her family and her friends more than anything in life. She was imaginative, original, tender-hearted and easy to get along with. Connie leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. In that giving nature, Connie and her family we able to bless two people with the gift of sight with her cornea donation. So her desire to help others still down through even in her death. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Connie Lee Haning.