Constance (Connie) Louise Garfield (Leonard) Richardson, 92
Dracut, MA - Constance (Connie) Louise Garfield (Leonard) Richardson, 92, died peacefully surrounded by family on January 8th 2020. Connie was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, George B Richardson, 99, and also her son Fredrick Leonard, 64, of Dracut Ma. She is survived by her sons John Leonard (Carina) of Bonita Springs, FL, and Charles Leonard (Betty) of Attleboro, MA, and daughter Cynthia Lafreniere of Nashua, NH. Also her two step sons Stephen Richardson (Judy) of Kennebunkport ME, and Peter Richardson of Dracut, MA. She also leaves three granddaughters Michele Kimmell (Karl) of Rehoboth, Nicole Haygazian (Gary) of Attleboro, MA, and Cheribeth Lafreniere of Nashua, NH. She has three step grandchildren, Joshua Richardson (Nicole), Marina Richardson, and Kathryn Richardson. She has five great-grandchildren and also many nieces and nephews.
Connie was born on September 14th1927 to Reverend E. Chandler and Jean (Malcolm) Garfield in Hanover, NH. She grew up in Medford, MA and summered with her family on Bustins Island in Casco Bay, Maine where she and her sister Jean created many happy memories while enjoying island life. Connie was educated in Medford public schools followed by a degree from the University of New Hampshire and subsequently went to Pierce Secretarial School.
Connie and her husband George enjoyed the long view of their farm in Dracut and views of Casco Bay at their summer cottage. She wanted future generations to be able to enjoy this long view as well, so in 2015 she donated 19 acres of her Nashua Road farmland to the Dunstable Land Trust to be preserved as open space forever. She and George experienced many adventures together as they travelled to various places throughout the world. One of their favorite destinations being Antigua. The two also enjoyed being active, especially outdoors. Some of Connie’s favorite activities included skiing, tennis, sailing, taking walks, and singing. She also loved hosting family and friends whether at home or on the island.
Connie was an active member in her community. She did much work at the Lowell Visiting Nurse Association. She was an active member of the Christ Church United in Lowell. She sang in many choirs, choruses, and madrigal groups.
Constance Garfield Leonard Richardson touched the lives and hearts of many and will live on within each of us with the memories we keep of her and of the legacy she has left through her generous nature.
Many thanks to all of the caregivers who showed love and compassion to her. Cindy, Cheri, Doreen, Miriam, Carol, Amy, Diane, Ellen, John and Charlie.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call on Monday, January 20th from 9AM to 12:15PM in DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., DRACUT. Her funeral service will immediately follow at 1PM in Christ Church United, 180 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, MA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Connie's memory to: Dracut Historical Society and Museum, 1660 Lakeview Ave., Dracut, MA. 01826
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