Obituary for Connie Sue (Howerton) McPherson
Connie Sue (Howerton) McPherson, 63, departed this life in Independence,
Missouri on September 3, 2016 surrounded by family.
Connie was born on December 13, 1952 in La Junta, Colorado, the third
daughter of Bobby & Elberta Howerton.
After graduating from Lamar High School in 1971, Connie went to work for
the Lamar Daily News. She also worked alongside her parents at the Truck
Plaza. In addition, she worked at the Main Cafe in Lamar.
Connie met Donald G. McPherson after high school and the couple married
before the Justice of the Peace on December 2, 1973. From their marriage
came two children, Donald W. and Bobbi M. Don and Connie divorced in
February 1990, but they remained friends until her death.
In April of 1974, Connie began her career with the Kiowa County Press. In her
41 years with the Kiowa County Press, she has done every job from writing
the articles to paste up, to printing the paper, to becoming the editor. She
also saw the evolution of printing equipment from archaic IBM Select
Typewriters to the modern color printers.
She said she was able to remain at The Press for so long because she really
liked her job and the people she saw daily.
Connie was a talented artist who loved bold colors...her favorite being purple.
She loved to collect pigs and anyone who would visit her home, knew just
how much. She loved to play card games with family and friends and was
always up for a game of dominos at family reunions. She also loved to put
together jigsaw puzzles. She had a quick wit and a great sense of humor,
often joking with friends, family, and customers.
She liked her coffee hot and comfort food too. But if you wanted to make her
really smile, authentic enchiladas was the way to go. Connie loved to cook
and many of her items were Mexican dishes. She also loved pasta. Near the
end, Connie relished Mexican and Italian dishes with milk shakes to wash
Connie spent her entire life in southeastern Colorado where she lived in
Lamar, May Valley, Eads, and a short time in Wiley and Brush. She never
lived outside of southeastern Colorado until she moved in with her daughter
in Kansas City to seek cancer treatments...though Las Vegas is where she
really wanted to travel to.
Connie remained in southeastern Colorado all her life because she loved the
land and people. She loved camping, but especially loved fishing. She said it
was the best way to keep the kids quiet...because if you talked, the fish would
swim away and we’d never catch any.
She said lastly about her life, “Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s been fun!”
She is preceded in death by her mother, Elberta Howerton. She is survived by
her ex-husband Don McPherson of Lamar, CO; her son Dony and his wife
Ginger and girls Layla and Carmen McPherson of Eads, CO; her daughter
Bobbi and her husband Josh and kids Jamion, Cliff, Kari, London, and Nate
Scott of Independence, MO; her father, Bob Howerton of Eads, CO; sister
Peggy (Andy) Wyatt of Lamar, CO; sister Donna Huddleston of Colorado
Springs, CO; sister Tina (Scott) Miner of Perryton, TX, and countless other
Connie made the decision years ago to be cremated. She also requested that
there be no memorial service. Per her request, New Salem Funeral Home of
Independence, MO will perform her cremation and her ashes will be spread
where she instructed.