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Connie S. Ediger, 67, of Galena Kan., went home to be with our Heavenly Father September 3, 2017.
Connie was born on February 7, 1950, in Baxter Springs, Kan., to the union of Carl Carmack and Julia "Blossom" (Hickey) Carmack. Connie graduated from Baxter Springs High School with the class of 1968. In 1971, Connie gave birth to her only son, Devin Ray Wade, who preceded her in death on December 30, 1995.
Connie had several occupations throughout her lifetime, she worked as a dispatcher for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, ran the Baxter Springs City Pool for several years, was a crossing guard as well as a para for the Baxter Springs school district, and still had momentous given to her over the years by her students. She retired in 2015 as a home health worker. Connie enjoyed helping and being around others.
Connie was a Royals fan, and spent many weekends with her companion, Howard, at Kauffman Stadium. The two also enjoyed taking trips together when they could, they even got to go see the Royals during spring training in Arizona, which she was ecstatic about. Connie also enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter, Kati. She loved their shopping trips and didn't mind being dragged all over the mall to find the perfect outfit for her granddaughter's special occasions. She also enjoyed spending time with her stepchildren, and grandchildren.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Carmack, Julia "Blossom" and Oscar (Dee) DeFratus; her son, Devin Ray Wade; a sister, Judy Bryan; and brother, Carl Carmack.
Connie is survived by her loving companion, and best friend, Howard Hussong, of Galena; her loving granddaughter, Katelin Wade, bonus granddaughter, Ashlyn Potter, and daughter-in- law, Shonda Potter, all of Baxter Springs; a stepson, Doug Hussong and wife, Christy; a stepdaughter, Rashelle Hussong; and her step-grandchildren, Shelby, Caitlyn, Lindsay, Cole, and Chase; as well as a host of friends and family.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 7, at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, in Baxter Springs, with visitation to follow until noon.
Connie has been entrusted to Derfelt's Baxter Chapel for cremation.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.
Published on September 6, 2017
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