Constance Louise "Connie" Baldwin
August 11, 1942  -  April 1, 2018

Constance Louise "Connie" Baldwin

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Melrose Old Gym
Melrose, NM  
Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Connie Adams Lavender Baldwin

Born August 11, 1942 in Clovis, NM to Hershel Wesley Adams and Margie Waldrop. She passed away April 1, 2018 in Lubbock, TX surrounded by family.

Connie grew up in the McAlister, NM area and attended school in McAlister, House and graduated from Melrose High School. She married Jim Lavender in 1962 and worked at Nortronics in California. Eventually they moved to Forrest, NM and ran the Forrest Co-Op and Jim’s Farms Supply for many years.

Connie moved to Melrose in 1988 and taught art at the high school. In 1990 she married Don Baldwin. She also worked at Melrose Tire getting the restaurant and convenience store up and running. For several years after that Connie served as the Director of the Melrose Senior Center. Helping others is what gave Connie her greatest joy. She always had a smile and a hug for everyone.

She was preceded in death by her dad, mom and sisters, Judy Mongeau and Sandy Adams. She leaves behind her daughter Sherri Fredrickson (Jim), her son Marty (Belinda) and nephew Victor W. Mongeau, her eight grandchildren Rachel (Weston), Christa, Alyssa, Sydney, Brent, Brooke, Baylee and Hannah and two great grandchildren Nolan and Baylee. Also many more friends she loved so much.

Connie always said not to give her flowers when she was gone, instead give them to someone who is alive or spend the money on someone who needs it. To honor her wishes, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2:30pm at the Melrose Old Gym in Melrose, NM.


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  1. Louise Kos
    Melrose, NM

    My love and prayers go out to you. Connie was a special lady. Always a bright spot in my day... at school or at the tire store. Never without a smile. She will be missed.

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  3. Gene and Astrid Loper
    Fairlawn, OH

    So very sorry for your loss. May your faith sustain you through this difficult time and give you comfort knowing that HE cares when we grieve over our loved ones once they depart this earth.

  4. Richard and Lana Mobley

    Marty & Sherri ..... Our hearts go out to you before, now and forever. Your mom is now free from pain.
    So sad to lose such a kind and sweet and happy person. Connie always had the most beautiful smile and twinkly eyes that brightened anyone's day. We have been friends from so long ago - you all have been like family to us. We still think of you that way and if EVER we can do anything for you, we are a phone call away. No expiration date!! Love you so very much!
    Richard and Lana Mobley and family

  5. Melinda Bonner
    Clovis, NM

    I am so sorry for you loss. I know she is healed completely though and no longer in any pain.

  6. Jan Webb Wellborn
    Socorro, NM

    So sorry for your loss. Connie was such a special lady! All of you are in our thoughts and prayers!

  7. Larry " Vincen " Coffey
    Las Cruces, NM

    Connie was a very dear friend of mine who I have known most all of my life. I also knew her Dad Wesley, Mom Margie, Sister Judy who I graduated with in 1961, and Sister Sandra. Connie was always one of my favorite people to visit with when I was in Melrose as she was always smiling and so wonderful to be around. She will be missed by her family and all that knew her especially the ones from Melrose. May you Rest in Paradise (RIP) Connie.

  8. Johna Horne and Family
    Logan, NM

    So sorry for your loss. She was a very nice person.

  9. Vicky Smith
    Melrose, NM

    Was so sad to hear the news of Connie's passing. She was a sweet friend to many and will be missed. Prayers for comfort, strength and peace now and in the days to come.
    Don and Vicky Smith

  10. Wendy Green-Grigsby
    Tyler, TX

    Marty, Hannah and Sherri,

    I loved your Mom (Grandma) so much. Like many other girls in the House/Melrose area she was like a second mom to me. Always there with advice or just a ear when you needed to vent she was one amazing lady! My heart will always carry a very special place for Connie. She was one of a kind. The Greens will miss her dearly. Our families go back to McAlister school days. We send our love!

  11. Donna Montague
    Clovis, NM

    So sorry for your loss. Connie was a sweet lady with a golden soul. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ronnie & Donna Montague

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