Constance “Connie” Ann Collins, 64, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 25, at her home in Dayton. Born April 11, 1955, she was the only child of J.D. and Joyce Ann McCreight of Moss Hill, who survive her in death.
Connie was a student of life – first graduating from Hardin High School, then earning two associate degrees from Lee College in Baytown. Recently, she had graduated from the University of Houston in Clear Lake with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She was looking forward to putting those degrees to use when her life came to a premature end.
Known for never meeting a stranger, Connie loved people and was fascinated by human behavior, which was evident by her field of education. She was well-versed and could talk at length on a variety of subjects, including politics, current events, and cultures.
Connie also loved all animals – anything living and breathing – especially dogs, wolves, and cats. There was no creature too small or too insignificant in her eyes. Every living creature had value and purpose in God’s plan.
Her love of animals led to helping her son Brian care for his reptiles, including a collection of snakes.
Life was not always easy for Connie, but she somehow maintained a positive outlook on life and was looking forward to attending her son Brian’s wedding later this year.
Connie’s love lives on through her children, Christopher McCreight, of Moss Hill, and Brian Burrell and his fiancé, Carolyn Puente, of Houston.
A service to honor Connie’s life will be held on Saturday, July 6, at the Church of Latter-Day Saints, 331 Vera Lane, Liberty. Her friends and relatives are encouraged to attend.