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.