Wed, April 08

Constance R. Dumas 1945 - 2011

Constance Rita Chapman Dumas, 66, lost a long courageous battle with breast cancer on November 13, 2011.

Connie was born in Burlington, Vermont on October 3, 1945, the daughter of Marvin and Margaret (Maloney) Chapman. She grew up in North Williston at the Chapman family farm. She graduated from Essex High School in 1963. She graduated from UVM in 1967 with a BS in medical technology. From 1967 to 1974 she was a Med Tech at Mary Fletcher Hospital. In 1968 she met and married her soul mate, Steven Dumas. They lived in Winooski, where they raised their two children until moving to Underhill in 1979. During this time Connie was a devoted wife, mother and volunteer at St. Thomas Catholic Church. From 1985 thru 1999 she was a microbiologist at Aquatech. From 2000 to 2005 Connie and Steve were full time RV’ers traveling the country working on Habitat for Humanity homes. In 2004 they bought a home in Cottonwood, Arizona to live in during the winter and then a camp in Franklin, Vermont for the summers.

Connie’s greatest joys were always centered on the church, her family and helping others. She loved organizing the Holiday Bazaars, teaching catechism, leading Girl Scouts and hosting family get togethers. She loved creating and decorating amazing cakes before arthritis took over her hands. She was an avid reader that also enjoyed helping out in the local libraries wherever she was living: Winooski, Underhill and Franklin. In later years, she loved traveling around the country learning everything she could about each place. Each year she looked forward to coming back to the camp and spending lots of fun times with her grandsons.

Connie was predeceased by her mother, her father and her son. She is survived by her husband Steven Dumas; daughter Dawn and her husband Peter Bates; son Andrew and his wife Jennifer; brother Paul and his wife Carla; sister-in-law Robin and her husband Morrie Lewin. She is also survived by her grandsons, Benjamin, Adam, Seamus and Devin; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Laura and Debbie of Northern Arizona Hospice for making Connie’s transition a beautiful experience.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM with Pastor David Kelash as the celebrant. Those wishing to honor Connie’s memory may make a contribution to The American Cancer Society or to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

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