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 Constance “Connie” <I>McCallum</I> Skousen

Constance “Connie” McCallum Skousen

Birth
Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota, USA
Death 31 Oct 2012 (aged 77)
Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 100023366 · View Source
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MISSOULA – Born Constance M. McCallum, May 22, 1935, in Mitchell, S.D. Died from cancer Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Missoula.

Connie left an indelible mark on the world around her as a wife, mother, friend, teacher, artist and activist. Her life's mission was to create beauty and bring peace and love to those close to her as well as to those people and things lost or invisible to the rest of society.

After Connie's graduation from Dakota Wesleyen University in Mitchell, where she was raised, Connie came to Missoula in 1955 to teach first grade at Jefferson Elementary School. She and her mother Agnese McCallum set out together to settle in their new home. Connie loved teaching and Agnese enjoyed her work at the Missoula Mercantile. Connie soon met Stan Skousen on a blind date on March 3, 1956, and married June 6 at University Congregational Church.

Connie was an accomplished watercolor artist. Her watercolor works often featured desert landscapes, flowers and historic buildings from the Southwest. She sold greeting cards of her paintings and donated all of the proceeds to various local charities.

Connie's fearless and tireless passion for social justice was the impetus for her work on several bills in the Montana State Legislature. The most significant was for the funding of a statue of Jeannette Rankin in the United States Capitol. The Missoula Women for Peace sponsored this legislation both spiritually and financially.

Connie received the Golden Apple Award for outstanding citizenship from the Missoula Teacher Association for her work on movie preview ratings in 1979. She also received the Missoula Peacemaker award in 1989 from the Missoula Peace Quilters and the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.

Connie and her husband Stan were active members in a number of peace, environmental and social justice organizations. Connie served as legislative coordinator for the Montana PTA and was subsequently elected state president. She was a member of GASP, the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center and NAMI. She and Stan were also champions of numerous environmental causes and became active lifelong members of the Montana Wilderness Association and Sierra Club.

As winter residents of Ajo, Ariz., Connie and Stan joined a tennis group and garden club. After spending several winters in the area they realized that their small town needed a sidewalk that would allow residents to walk safely from the north end of town to the central plaza. They worked with county officials to apply for a $500,000 highway enhancement grant from the Department of Federal Highways to build a sidewalk with covered rest areas, tables and landscaping with native plants and trees. She was so pleased to see the project through to completion.

Connie and Stan joined the Ajo chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society and took trips into the Sonoran desert together where they dry camped and enjoyed studying local archaeological sites. On these trips Connie would often spend time painting the beautiful desert landscapes she found there while Stan kept busy exploring the geology as well as the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.

After moving to Missoula, Connie learned to ski, play tennis, canoe and raft so that she could enjoy all of Montana's seasons and recreational opportunities. In the spring and summer she and Stan would often canoe and raft the North Fork, Bitterroot, Swan and Flathead rivers, as well as boating on Flathead Lake. She and Stan also took great pleasure hosting guests at their cabin on Flathead Lake. Many families brought their children to water ski, play volleyball and sit around a late evening campfire roasting marshmallows and potatoes.

Connie was preceded in death by her father, Hughland Hudson McCallum; her mother Agnese McCallum; her brothers, Hudson and John McCallum and her grandson, Joshua Doyle. She is survived by her husband, Stanley J. Skousen and their children, Molly Skousen, Jennifer Doyle and Matthew J. Skousen. Connie is also survived by her six grandchildren, Kaelyn Doyle, Jadrien Coats, Lhakpa Sherpa, Monica Sherpa, Emma Skousen, Dechen Skousen and great-grandson Deo Scott Doyle.

A memorial service and reception will be held at University Congregational Church in Missoula on Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. Donations in her honor may be made to Jeannette Rankin Peace Center or other charity of choice. Connie would like a special thanks to go to Bob Campbell for taking her in his van with her oxygen tank to the Dollar Tree to purchase toiletries for the Missoula Food Bank with the money she earned from the sale of her watercolor cards. The family can never thank the Partners Hospice people enough for their care and concern during almost six months of care during her decline.

-Source: Missoulian, Nov 2012.


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  • Created by: Annie Duckett Hundley
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100023366
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Constance “Connie” McCallum Skousen (22 May 1935–31 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100023366, ; Maintained by Annie Duckett Hundley (contributor 47394373) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.