Born in Rochester, New York, she completed Benjamin Franklin High School and married William Lee Jr. Everyone called her “Connie”, a name of endearment. Connie and William moved to New York City, both, attending New York’s Fashion Institute (FIT). Later, she divorced and returned to Rochester N.Y., a skilled seamstress who created original garments as well completing alterations. Later, she would teach her three daughters a bit about sewing also.
In 1956 she re-married Archie Ingram and they lovingly raised three daughters together. They later divorced in 1972. Working consistently and participating at Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church filled her days and nights. In her work life, she worked for Eastman Kodak, as well as the City School District of Rochester as a teacher assistant on the Edison Tech campus and as a Licensed Beautician, which would be interwoven into her few spare hours.
Constance was an extremely hard worker and never shied away from vocational challenges. She also had a sweet and caring spirit, adding to the many qualities which made her so well liked by her peers. She also tirelessly devoted herself to Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. Connie was one of the two original trustees who participated in merging the Bronson Avenue congregation with the Shelter Street congregation. Also, she served as an usher, deacon, elder of the church and long-standing member of the Trinity Choir.
Connie had a sweet, jovial laugh. She enjoyed a good joke about others and herself. Also, she enjoyed singing, dancing and viewing the television with others; and admittedly, sometimes the television watched over her.
She is survived by daughters, Celeste Ingram of Oakland, California, Sibyl Strickland & son-in-law Walter of Bakersfield, California and Valerie Ingram of Rochester, N.Y. Her grandchildren are Neachan Grayson of Columbus, OH, Tiffaney Taylor of Dayton, OH, Latice Spann of Orlando, FL., Walter Strickland II of Wake Forest N.C. and Christian Ingram of Rochester. She is also survived by 11 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.