November 14, 1938 - February 20, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 11:00 AM Urbana United Methodist Church
Monday, February 23, 2015 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 10:30 AM-11:00 AM at Urbana United Methodist Church
Connie Lee Miller Toomire, 76, passed peacefully into Heaven with her loving daughters at her side on Friday, February 20, 2015, at Van Crest of Urbana. She was born on November 14, 1938 in Urbana, Ohio, the beloved daughter of Melvin and Selma (Wiford) Miller.
Connie emanated a love for life in everything she did, whether playing the role of loving wife, mother, grandmother or friend, she gave to all selflessly. She lived with a strong commitment to the Urbana community and was instrumental in the start-up phase of the Champaign Family YMCA, proudly serving as a charter member. She sat on the YMCA Board of Directors for many years, expending her energy towards the Invest in Youth Program. Connie also served on the Board of Directors of the Champaign County Memorial Foundation, which delivers grant monies to be used for the betterment of the lives of senior citizens in our community.
Connie built her own business, Connie’s Stitch and Frame, and was owner and operator of the cross stitch and framing business from 1981 to 1995. She thoroughly enjoyed her loyal customers and spent many, many hours over the years creating beautiful counted-cross stitch treasures for family and friends.
She was a 1956 graduate of Urbana High School and enjoyed Reunion activities with her classmates. Connie loved her Lord, Jesus, and was a life-long member of the Urbana United Methodist Church, where she married the love of her life, Alan, on July 7, 1957.
She is survived by her daughters, Vicki (Michael) Henson, Polly (Jeff) Long, and Amy (Jim) Lewis, all of Urbana. Also surviving her are six grandsons, Kenton (Emily) Smith, Kyle (Karen) Smith, Parker (fiancée Hana Hay) Lawrence, Tanner Lawrence, Zachary Lewis and Brady Lewis. Nolan Smith, great-grandson, brought pure joy to her life! Other survivors include beloved sisters, Betty Hollingshead of Urbana and Sally (David) Begin of Washington Court House and special niece, Sandi Lewis, of Urbana. Brother-in-law, Jerry (Lyn) Toomire of Urbana also survives. She had several step-grandchildren: Ira Henson, Polly Long and Elizabeth Long, all surviving. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Alan, on April 20, 2014. Also preceding her were her parents, her mother and father-in-law, Frances and Harlan Toomire, granddaughter Courtney Lewis, brother-in-law Sam Forward, brother-in-law Pat Hollingshead and life-long friend Kay Long.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2014 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the Urbana United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Jones officiating. A viewing will be held one half hour prior to service. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Urbana.
Serving as Pallbearers: Kenton Smith, Kyle Smith, Parker Lawrence, Tanner Lawrence, Zachary Lewis, Brady Lewis and Ira Henson. Honorary Pallbearers are: Jim Lewis, Mike Henson, Jeff Long, David Begin, Jerry Toomire, Brian Smith, Kathy Finney, Pat Gavinski, Ned Kirby, and Don Long.
Connie’s family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff at Sterling House of Urbana for the love and devotion they lavished upon her, helping to make the last year of her life more enjoyable. Also, heartfelt appreciation goes out to the angels of Hospice of the Miami Valley for allowing her to live in dignified comfort. A special thanks, also, to Van Crest of Urbana for helping us through the last days.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Invest in Youth Program” at the Champaign Family YMCA, Community Drive, Urbana, Ohio or to Hospice of the Miami Valley, 1948 N. Limestone Street, Springfield, OH 45503.
So sorry I wasn’t able to make it back in time to call at the funeral home, today. Prayers for you and your family.
Mom sends her sympathy as well.
Dear Family and Friends,
I’m sorry for your loss. I just wanted to leave you with an encouraging scripture that has helped me deal with the loss of a loved one. It is found in the Bible Book of Acts 24:15 and it reads, “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”