It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a beautiful soul, Connie Sue Frielinghausen Henderson of Bellingham, Wash., and formerly of Cody.
She died on May 27, 2019, after a four-year journey with cancer.
Connie was born on Feb. 14, 1961, in Casper to Karl and Barbara (Frech) Frielinghausen. She graduated from Cody High School in 1979. She was a tomboy at heart and loved downhill skiing, volleyball and anything outdoors.
She attended Western Washington University where she received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science in 1996. While working on her degree, she met the love of her life, Bill, in December 1991. They married in August 1994.
Bill came as a package deal with four young children. Connie, being the woman that she was, took on the role of mom beautifully. Over the years they enjoyed many road trips, camping adventures and summers on the water. Their business successes took them to Dillingham and Naknek, Alaska where they made secondary homes.
Connie had a passion for holistic healing and pursued entrepreneurial ventures in the betterment and awareness of healthcare. She also was a staunch advocate for missing children.
Connie was a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister. She was the second youngest sister of five girls. As families grew and ventured off to build lives, the sisters stayed constant in seeing each other. Over the last 15 years, all five sisters vacationed together for “sister fest.” Memories were made from numerous locations such as Winter Park, Colo., Vancouver, Canada and Mexico. Sister Fest will carry on with Connie’s spirit in tow.
Connie is survived by her loving husband Bill Henderson of Bellingham; children Laci (Michael) Midgley, Mandee Henderson, Zach (Conner Sofka) Henderson, Stephanie (Eric Fugett) Henderson; grandchildren Haylei, Laenee, Taylor, Michael, Morgan and Blake; sisters Deborah Lachmund, Kim (Gary) Lewis, Lisa (Jack) Kirby and Tracy (Howard) Moreland, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Connie is preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Barbara Frielinghausen and her niece Jennifer Lewis.
Connie always had a bright smile for everyone. She was unfailingly kind, and made friends everywhere she went. Most of all she loved her entire family and instilled strong values in her children that have served them well. She will be deeply missed.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, June 13, at 11 a.m., at Ballard Funeral Home, with burial at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the charity of your choice in honor of Connie.