Constance Clark Varnum

  • Born: March 8, 1921
  • Died: October 30, 2019
  • Location: Francestown, New Hampshire

Cremation Society of New Hampshire

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Manchester, NH 03104
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Constance Clark Varnum, a life-long resident of Francestown, N.H., who was an active leader in town affairs, died on October 30, 2019. She was 98 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2012.

Connie was born on Main Street. She always had many stories to tell about village life during her childhood. She was the third of five Clark children: June, Elizabeth, Roger and Stuart. Her parents, Carroll and Marion Clark, for generations, owned and operated a general store called F.H. Colburn in the center of town. Her brother Roger operated it until the mid-1960's when it was destroyed by fire.

Connie always gave considerable credit to her parents for instilling compassion and empathy for those with less. She would tell stories about those times of need during the Great Depression where customers would pay as they could at the store.

Connie was a person of very strong character. She embraced life meeting its challenges with courage and imagination. She enjoyed a vital and romantic partnership with her husband, Harry. Together, they raised four children who survive them: Harold, Jr. (known as Tim), of Monrovia, CA, Margaret, of Nottingham, N.H., Matthew, of Eugene, OR, and James, of Newton, MA. She is survived by eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Connie was always engaged in local activities, especially politics. Connie took a leadership role in expanding and strengthening the Francestown Democratic Committee. In addition, she was a local representative for the League of Women Voters. She also was a volunteer in the Children's Room of the Bixby Memorial library. Another major interest was the creation of the town's Conservation Commission. She was a long-time participant in the Tuesday Academy, a study group that attracted people in the surrounding area, interested in examining all sorts of subjects. She was an avid reader of books, the daily newspapers and loved doing her crosswords in pen. For Connie, all things were worth studying and all knowledge enlarged life.

After a long life of loving care for her husband, children, grandchildren and for her friends, she leaves the world a place graced by her intelligence and kindness.

Private services will be held for family at the Francestown cemetery, #3, 2nd N.H. Turnpike South. There will be a public reception held at the Inn at Crotched Mountain, 534 Mountain Road, Francestown, on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Francestown Land Trust, P.O. Box 132, Francestown, N.H. 03043.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jim and Matt, So sorry to read about your mom. When visiting Francestown and passing your mom and dad's house I often thought about you, Matt and your parent's. I would have a small chuckle about us going to and from the key hole in Hillsborough. Fun times! Matt teaching me basketball. Thanks.

Posted by Chuck McCarthy - El Paso, TX   November 21, 2019

Connie inspired my mother to put her land in a conservation easement. Connie was always interested in the greater good. She is missed.

Posted by Isabella Britain Hill Hill - Francestown, NH - Family Friend   November 15, 2019

Aunt Connie was the last of the Clark aunts and uncles who had a profound influence on my values and attitudes. I am grateful that she was in my life. More than anyone, she was my link to Grandma. I was touched by her offer to stand in for my mother if I needed her, after my mom died in 1994.

Posted by Carol Carlson - Washington, NH - family   November 08, 2019

I didn't know Connie very well, meeting her a few times here in Newton, Ma. Through James I learned more about his mother and father and the family history. What became clear to me was how warm and friendly she was. How interested in those she met and the world around her. Her long life was a blessing, as was her being supported in her own home surrounded by her family and those who cared for her, until her passing.

Posted by Will Gaulin - Newton, MA - Family Friend   November 07, 2019

So sorry to read about my old friend's passing. Over the years we had so many good times with Harry and Connie. Harry is the one who dubbed our end of town "the swinging south end" ! My sympathy to you all.

Posted by Pat Cloutier - No. Andover, MA - Friend   November 04, 2019

Francestown has lost someone very special- thankfully some of the natural world we enjoy in town is part of her legacy.

Posted by Greg Neilley - Francestown, NH - Neighbor   November 03, 2019

We did not really know Connie, but at a recent art show we saw her view her husband's and son's work. Even though frail, she was engaged, interested and very proud of the artistic talents her family. Her determination, enthusiasm, and interest was evident even very near the end of her life.

Posted by Linda Claff David Rheubottom - Peterborough, NH - Acquaintance   November 02, 2019

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