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Margaret Francis “Connie” Vernon, 83, of Tekamah NE


Margaret Francis “Connie” Vernon was born to Ray and Myrtle (Staples) McConnaha May 8, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska. She passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016, at her residence in Tekamah, Nebraska, at the age of 83 years.

Connie grew up on a farm west of Herman, Nebraska, attending the New England School. She lived with her grandmother in order to attend and graduate from Blair High School. Following graduation, she attended the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Omaha, graduating with an LPN Degree.

After college, she married Keith Fichter, and they resided briefly in Omaha before moving to Denver, Colorado. This marriage produced four daughters; Kristy, Karen, Kathy and Michelle. Connie moved from Denver to Anchorage, Alaska, where she served as a dispatcher for the Anchorage Police and Fire Departments. She took further training and also became the state’s first female Fire Marshall. In Anchorage, she married Alan Vernon. From Anchorage, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she worked for a private company responsible for training the state’s Emergency Medical Technicians. Following retirement, she moved to Tekamah to help care for her mother, and began work at the Burt County Museum and the Plaindealer Newspaper.

Connie was an avid sports fan, who split her baseball loyalty between the Cardinals and Cubs. However, she maintained undivided football loyalty with the Pittsburgh Steelers. She loved to travel, and over the course of her retirement, visited much of the United States, England, France, Abu Dhabi, Spain, Curacao, Canada, Mexico, Italy and China. Her other love was animals, especially her cats. She also devoted much of her time to feeding every wild thing in the neighborhood from deer to birds and rabbits.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; sister, Betty; daughter, Kristy.

She is survived by three of her daughters, Karen, Kathy and Michelle; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Wendell (Judy) VMcConnaha; a large number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial Service

Friday, May 6th at 10:30 AM
United Methodist Church, Tekamah
1408 L Street, Tekamah, NE 68061

Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later date.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Connie Vernon

Connie Vernon

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