Constance “Connie” Yeagley, 87, of Lebanon, and longtime resident of Cleona, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. She is now joyfully reunited with her husband, Donald, who died in 1995, and her grandson, Eric Yeagley, who passed away in 2007. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Violet Eckert. Her siblings, Esther Nye, Mary Jane Pence, Emma Long, Ray Eckert, and Priscilla Shober, have all predeceased her. She is survived by her children, Steve Yeagley, Cranberry Township, and Kathy Felty (Randy), Lebanon; her grandchildren, Rose Yeagley, Adam Felty, and Joanna Felty; and her great-grandsons, Aidyn Felty and Zane Good.
Connie was a hard-working, committed, resourceful, and creative lady. A graduate of Lebanon High School, she was employed at various times in her life as a factory seamstress, school cafeteria staff (Annville-Cleona), retail personnel (The Rail Fence), and school secretary (Northwest Elementary School). She could regularly be found contributing to the community as a Brownie Troop leader, a Cub Scout Den Mother, a parent volunteer in multiple sports from midgets through high school, and in other similar organizational roles.
Her love of plants and herbs led to her participation in the Flower Club and Master Gardener classes, and she could often be found enjoying greenhouses as well as her own garden. She loved picking strawberries, apples, peaches, and raspberries and then baking, canning, and making jams. She collected recipes everywhere she went and attended many cooking and nutrition classes.
Her crafting expertise led to her many years of participation in the Church Mouse Bazaar at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Cleona, as well as an annual Christmas ornament exchange. Eventually, quilting and fabric art became her passion, and in addition to the local Quilt Guild, she participated in many quilting retreats and fabric exchanges; she especially enjoyed sharing fabrics with international quilters.
As empty-nesters, Don and Connie enjoyed traveling with their camper to destinations like the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Space Center, and the World’s Fair in Tennessee. Later, Connie became an adventurer to locations including Alaska, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and Prince Edward Island. As her mobility diminished, her travels took her to places closer to home, especially to the Annville and Myerstown Senior Centers, where she loved to play cards and Bingo and participate in day trips. Connie was also an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and celebrated her team’s multiple Stanley Cup wins.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at 11 a.m. from Kreamer Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 618 E. Main St., Annville. Interment will follow in Covenant/Greenwood Cemetery, Lebanon. Viewings will be held Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of her service at the funeral home.
Instead of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations in Connie’s memory to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).