Constance “Connie” Louise Powell was born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 11, 1923, the only child of Pauline Chipley Benjamin and Alvin D. Bell.
Following attendance at Wendell Phillips Elementary School, she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1940. She graduated from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1944 and received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Connie educated thousands of students in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri during her 41 year career as an elementary school teacher and then as an instructional coordinator before retiring from Kansas City Board of Education in 1985.
Connie enjoyed fellowship with friends and loved ones. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Jack and Jill of America, The Twin Citians Club and the Saturday Night Sixteen Social Club. As a dedicated member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, she served with the Episcopal Church Women(ECW) organization, Deacon Williams’ Food Pantry and the St. Margaret’s Guild. She looked forward to attending Church every Sunday until her health no longer permitted her to do so. Connie was also an active member of the International Reading Association and the Missouri State Teachers Association.
Connie married Caulbert Ray Livingston in 1946. From this union, one daughter, Paula was born. She entered matrimony with Lewis Alexander Powell in 1968.
Connie’s parents and her husband, Lewis preceded her in death. Surviving to cherish her memory and honor her legacy are her daughter Paula Livingston-Lewis (Bennie) of Lee’s Summit, MO, grandsons Ryan Thomas of Lee’s Summit, MO and Gerran Thomas of Nashville, TN, and great-grand daughter Riley Thomas of Lee’s Summit, MO.
Graveside service will be held Monday, July 13, 2020 10 am at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
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