Connie Jean Allison died Friday evening, July 30, 2021, at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona from complications of Covid-19. She was 71 years old. Connie was born on a Sunday, April 9, 1950, in Twin Falls, Idaho to her parents, Norma Shirleen Williamson and the late Don Albert Dumas.
At a young age, Connie and her family moved to Utah. She was a graduated member of South High School's Class of '68 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Just a few months later, in September, she was married. As the wife of a military serviceman, Connie faithfully followed her husband wherever he was called to serve. Some of the places they lived were: California, Germany Philippines, Maine, Okinawa, Japan, Washington State, Colorado, Utah and Idaho.
As a child, Connie's parents taught her to look for the happy and joyful things that life had to offer. That may be why, wherever she was, her smile would light up the room. She was a woman of great faith and believed that when she was "in the service of her fellow beings, she was only in the service of her God." She was selfless in her actions and unconditional with her love. As her children were born, expanding her family, she was thrilled as could be with each addition to the clan. Being a "Mom" was her best job and her children were her proudest accomplishments. She was the most amazing and supportive mother that a child could ever hope for. Her children have all "raised up and call her blessed." Connie had a great thirst for knowledge. In Idaho she had worked as a caregiver in a nursing home. She also studied to become and E.M.T. and her son, Robert, remembers that he would fake an injury to help his mom study to pass a test; as she had to diagnose him based on his symptoms. She passed the test with flying colors. She later attended secondary college to become a Medical Assistant. Afterwards, she decided she'd much rather work with kids and became a favored Assistant Teacher.
When she did have spare time, she spent it wisely, working on her painting projects, crocheting, crafts, ceramics and baking cakes. She even baked all of her kids' wedding cakes as well as countless other cakes for many, many friends. Her cakes were always delicious and were things of which cookbooks could be written. While living in California, Connie worked in the flower industry and designed countless numbers of arrangements through the years. She was quite the expert in describing a flower and telling one exactly the name of the flower. Her love of flowers overflowed to her children and she taught them how to appropriately arrange flowers in vases.
Connie was a woman who knew who she was because she knew who the Savior is. Her faith was strong and her testimony was unshakeable. She valued her Temple worship and attended the temple as often as she was able. Her family all rejoice in knowing that Families Are Forever...
She is survived by her 5 children: Remy (James) Martin of Chandler, AZ, Robert (Marie) Allison of Mesa, AZ, Randy (Macarena) Allison of Mesa, AZ, Ryan (Kellie) Allison of Mesa, AZ, Julia (Cameron) Hazlett of Mesa, AZ; her mother, Norma Kunz of Twin Falls, Idaho; her 6 siblings: Ronnie Dumas, John Luker, Bonnie Byce, Lonnie Luker, Wendy Hefner, Nik Dumas; her 22 grandchildren: Emily Allison, Ava Martin, Matthew Allison, Jones Allison, Karson Chapman, Konrad Allison, Marcela Allison, Tanner Hazlett, Isabella Allison, David Allison, Taitum Hazlett, Ledoux Allison, Belen Allison, Shea Allison, Viktor Allison, Cambria Hazlett, Kaylen Allison, Clayton Allison, Jacob Allison, Everett Hazlett, Gabriel Allison and Melany Allison. Along with her father, she was preceded in death by 2 of her children who lived a few hours each, James Allison, Starla Allison; brother, Donnie Luker and step-brother, Shayne Dumas.
Connie's funeral service will begin 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 9, 2021, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11121 E. Ray Road in Mesa, Arizona where the viewing will be from 9:00 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. The concluding service and interment will follow at The City of Mesa Cemetery. For those whom are not able to attend in person, the funeral proceedings will be broadcast on YouTube.com under Sister Connie Allison Funeral Service.
Those who'd like to order flowers for her funeral are asked to contact Crismon Flowers (480) 964-4595 (and ask for Steve Menlove) in Mesa. They will deliver all the arrangements to the church for you.
Arrangements are being cared for by Owens Livingston Mortuary - White Mountain Chapel in Show Low, Arizona.