Constance Mae “Connie” Erikson

Constance “Connie” Mae Erikson, beloved wife of the late Len Erikson, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020.  Connie is survived by her sister Marilyn Glynn; brothers Don and Bill Mason, and her brother-in-law Don Erikson and his wife Carolyn.  She was a mother to Steve Erikson and daughter-in-law Sharon of Blue Springs, Missouri, Dr. Laura Erikson and her life partner Tom Otto of Greenbrier, Arkansas, Karen Jefferson and son-in-law Dr. John Jefferson of Lowell, Arkansas, and Amy Tener of Washington D.C.  Grandmother of Anna Lyse Erikson, Meredith Schuberth and husband James, Kirsten Erikson and fiancé Jason Peete, Ro Jefferson, Andrew Jefferson and Carly Gonzalez and her husband Otto.

Connie was born to Ocie Leland and James Kerr on October 8, 1931 in Dayton, Ohio.  She graduated from Sullivan High School in Chicago.  She then attended and graduated from Beloit College where she studied Early Childhood Education.  Connie married Len in 1954 and taught Elementary School between several family moves until 1967 when the family moved to the East Coast.

The family moved to Oklahoma City in 1972 where Connie was a longtime member of Our Lord’s Lutheran Church.  Connie served on the Altar Guild and in 1982, she began her 30+ years teaching preschool at the Church.  Connie’s smile lit up any room that she entered, and her warm spirit comforted all she met.  She was always willing to listen to those in need of a sympathetic ear and will be missed by all who knew her.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista.  A reception will follow in the Jefferson Home.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of Faulkner County.

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We knew Connie was a special person from the first time we met her at Our Lords Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City in 1976. Connie and Len became our friends from the first we met. We miss them both. Connie was the bedrock and generous benefactor of Our Lords Lutheran Church Pre-School for 30 years. She loved “ all the little children” that were fortunate to be with her at OLLC Pre School, including our sons. She touched many young lives in so many ways. Connie was gracious and funny, and she will be missed by everyone who knew her.… Read more »

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Len and Connie were our caring friends and mentors through our years of raising our children. They had already been through things we were experiencing and always kindly gave sage advice when we asked their opinions. Our Lord’s Lutheran was blessed with Len’s beautiful speaking and singing voice and Connie’s marvelous smile and kind eyes that let you know you had a friend. Stan and I were blessed to have them in our lives for so many years and to still have Amy in our lives now.

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My heartfelt condolences!