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Constance (Garvin) Gee  

Constance (Garvin) Gee

June 5, 1932 – February 28, 2016

Connie, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Elkton, MD.

Connie is survived by her three sons, Glenn J. and wife Cheryl of Elkton, MD, Mark D. and wife, Rosanna of Middletown, DE and Andrew G. and wife, Cindy of Elkton, MD and brother, James F. Garvin and wife, Jean of Glenside, PA. “Nanie” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was a proud grandmother to eight, Glenn J. Gee, Jr. and wife, Judy, Michael Gee and wife, Susan, all of Elkton, Dustin Mushinski and husband, Keith, Brooke Birzes and husband, Jeff, Kacey Gee and fiancée, Walter Taylor, all of Middletown, DE and Caitlin, Marlie and Juliann Gee of Elkton, MD; and eight great grandchildren, Joey, Josslyn, MacKenzie, Reese, Reagan, Michael, Jase and Charlie.

Connie was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Donald M. Gee, daughter, Catherine F. Gee and parents, Joseph F. and Loretta M. (Jacquette) Garvin.

Connie was born on June 5, 1932 in Philadelphia and was a graduate of Abington High School. A lifelong lover of many sports, she played tennis, field hockey and basketball. She arrived in Elkton as a young bride in February 1952 and quickly became active in the community when Don purchased the Pippin Funeral Home from his uncle. The business was renamed the Gee Funeral Home and Connie and Don, along with their sons, served families in Elkton for 42 years until they sold the business to their youngest son, Andrew.

Connie was active in community service including being a Past President of the Junior Board of Union Hospital of Cecil County and a twenty-five year Member of the Order of the Eastern Star. With three active boys she turned her attention to their school and sports activities and ensuring they had summertime fun at their family cottage on the Elk River. Over the years, Connie volunteered with the boys’ sports and later she was a constant presence at the college games from Salisbury to Gettysburg to Wilmington. As her grandchildren arrived and grew she loved attending their games in a wide variety of sports. It was her greatest pleasure to share these times with her grandchildren.

Connie valued her Ladies Bridge Club of fifty years, sharing this time with other young Elkton brides. Over the years she spent many wonderful beach afternoons at her condos in Ocean City and Florida. At the age of 50, she took up golf and played many rounds at local courses. More recently, she contributed one day per week to the Good as New Shop of Union Hospital enjoying the camaraderie of the ladies there.

Funeral services will be held 1 pm on Tuesday afternoon, March 1, 2016 at Elkton United Methodist Church, 219 E. Main Street, Elkton, Maryland where a visitation will be held from 11 am until 1 pm. Officiating will be The Rev. Karen F. Bunnell. Interment will be held privately in Gilpin Manor Memorial Park, Elkton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cecil County YMCA Scholarship Fund for Youth Sports Programs, 25 YMCA Boulevard, Elkton, MD 21921.

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  1. Gregory S. Kurey, February 28, 2016

    Thinking of all of you during this very difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers even though we are on the other side of the world and cannot be with you. Hoping happier memories of Connie help you through this sad time.

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  2. Anna & Pete Fitzwater, February 28, 2016

    To The Gee family……

    My heart aches for your loss. She was a wonderful woman. When we talked she would always end up talking about her grandchildren. She loved her family. And she loved life I will miss her. Memories are a wonderful thing. As most of you all know my family lost our mom in 2004. You’ll laugh and still cry…..but never ever forget memories.

    Gods peace, love and strength be with you all.

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  3. Kim Bartow, February 28, 2016

    Drew, Cindy and girls, I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to you all for the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. I got to know Connie through my job and we often spoke of you and I saw her pride and love for you all each time we talked. She was a remarkable woman that I had the pleasure to help often. My prayers are with you all at this time.

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  4. Terry Dunn, February 28, 2016

    My beautiful Connie,
    You will live forever in my heart & in my memories. You were more of a mother to me than my own & I cherish the love you gave me. My heart is broken, but I will rejoice the day we are reunited for eternity. Rest in peace my beloved angel.

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  5. Diane Hair, February 28, 2016

    So sorry to hear! She was a great friend.

    Fondly, Diane and Dwight

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  6. Aaron & Kathy Locker, February 28, 2016

    Mark, Rosanna & Family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I enjoyed meeting and talking to her at your family events. We will keep her and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know what we can do to help during this difficult time. Sending love,
    Aaron & Kathy Locker

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  7. Greg Reardon, February 28, 2016

    Drew, Glenn, Mark, and Family: Having worked for Drew for several years and always running into your Mom and Dad, I am saddened to hear of her passing. The pride she always shared about her grandchildren and her passion for keeping busy is my most memorable times I had the privilege of having with her. Her passing will leave a large void in all your lives but I truely hope you can find comfort in knowing how much she loves her family. From my family to yours our thoughts and prayers will be with you over the coming days.

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  8. Robert and Marylou Kennard, February 29, 2016

    We started our family in 1956 just down the street in Trone’s appartments .”Those were the days, my friend”. We offer our condolences to your family.

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  9. CATHY Brindle, February 29, 2016

    I am so sorry for your loss, I volunteered with Connie at the Good as New Shop. She was a great lady.

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  10. Dana Wiseman~Reese, February 29, 2016

    Drew & the entire Gee family,
    Growing up in Elkton, in another of those families with active children, I remember your Mom being a constant presence at both community and school sporting events…always with a smile on her face. Her dedication to being there was clearly a reflection of the love and pride she felt for her children. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your wonderful Mother.

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  11. Ann Hillsman, February 29, 2016

    My deepest sympathy is extended to all your family. Connie and I kept in touch even though I moved to Howard County. I was a member of the bridge club to which she belonged. She was a great person and I know she will be missed.

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  12. Ginny magaw, February 29, 2016

    My heart goes out to the Gee family for the lost of their Mother and grandmother. Connie was one of the kindest women I ever knew. She was a great and true friend she loved her family dearly. Family came first, no matter what else was happening She was so strong and didn’t complain. I will miss her greatly

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  13. Rev. James Murphy and Betty Jean Murphy, February 29, 2016

    Dear Glenn, Mark, and Andrew,

    Betty and I were very saddened to hear of the death of your precious mother. We have
    known and loved your mother and father for many years. Connie was the greatest to work
    with families in times of bereavement during there 42 years of serving those who had
    lost a loved one . Because of health problems we will not be able to attend the services
    but we will uphold the family in our prayers.

    With our love,

    Jim and Betty

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  14. Donna Horgan, February 29, 2016

    I will be working in Annapolis on Tuesday and will not be able to attend Mrs. Gee’s funeral service. I wanted to tell the family how sorry I am for your loss of this great lady. Mrs. Gee was always so nice to me. I always remember her coming to pick up the boys from Elkton Elementary School everyday after school in a black station wagon and going to pool parties in 7th and 8th grade at her house on Hermitage Drive. She always made a cake that was so delicious for the pool parties. I have great memories of her and your family. I know heaven is happy to have her. We will all miss her. Take care, sending prayers.

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  15. Williams Family, February 29, 2016

    I read the obituary about the loss of your loved one and I extend
    my sincere condolences. At this time you are feeling an unbearable
    pain, and experiencing a great loss. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our
    refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.”
    He will help you get through this difficult time. (Isaiah 41:10)
    I hope this brief Bible message has brought you a measure of comfort
    in this difficult time.

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  16. Arlene Jacquette, February 29, 2016

    Dear Glenn,
    I am one of your mother’s cousins on the Jacquette side (my father was your grandmother’s brother). The families somehow lost touch after those wonderful August family reunions in New Jersey, at Aunt Lil’s place, although I did attend Loretta’s funeral in 1980/1981?. I remember knowing you as a boy at those reunions and also once visiting the funeral home in Elkton with my parents. Your mother was always so vibrant and active and lovely (to me, who was 13 years younger than she was). It seems that she raised a large and loving family. Please accept my condolences.
    Arlene Jacquette (daughter of William and Helen Jacquette)

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  17. Currine, February 29, 2016

    To the family and friends of Constance:
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one. She sounded like such an amazing person who accomplished a lot and was an inspiration for many. During this difficult time, the Scripture at Revelation 21:3, 4 may bring you much comfort. In those verses, it speaks of a time when the God of comfort will rid the earth of death, mourning, and tears. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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  18. Ed. & Cheryl Mckeown, March 1, 2016

    Gee Family
    So sorry about your Mom. Connie never met a stranger and would go out of her way to help others.Her memories will be in your hearts forever.
    God Bless

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  19. Ed. & Cheryl Mckeown, March 1, 2016

    Gee Family
    So sorry for your loss.
    God Bless

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  20. Robert&Jane Pippin Keithley, March 1, 2016

    Jane & Robert had know Connie for many years . Don Connie’s past husband was Jane”s cousin .We both want to express our deepest sympathy to all second and third cousin”s of the Gee family.Jane is not doing very good although Robert would like to see some of family soon.

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  21. Emily Moore Baker, March 2, 2016

    Glenn and family ~ Your mother was such a great lady. I have fond memories of her when we were in high school. May you all know God’s comfort and peace at this time. I will hold you all in prayer. You will see her again one day. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  22. Corey Jones, March 3, 2016

    Glenn, Cindy and Family, I was sorry to hear about your Mom. Deepest Sympathy to all of you. Your are in our Prayers and our Hearts.

    Corey Jones (Salesman @ Anchor)

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  23. Linda & Greg Locraft, March 25, 2016

    Dear Gee family,
    We just heard of your Mom’s, Grand Mom’s, and Great Grand Mom’s passing. Connie so enjoyed the time she spent in Ocean City. We had many nice conversations with her and Don over more than 25 years at the Haverhill Condominium. Connie was always such an active presence. Every conversation always included her prideful updates on her family. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

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  24. Germaine Jacquette, April 7, 2016

    To the extended Gee family:
    My condolences your loss of Connie, a rock for her family through several generations.
    As Jacquette cousins we knew, loved, and admired her when she was young, and sadly lost touch as we all went our separate ways in adulthood.
    With love from Gerry Jacquette

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