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Connie D Workman
November 11, 1943 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Connie Dianne Workman passed away on November 4, 2023 at her home just short of her 80th birthday. Connie was born November 11, 1943 to Garrett and Johanna Workman and grew up on the family farm with her brother and sister, Robert and Joan. Connie attended schools in the Grangeville area graduating from Grangeville High School in 1961.
She started her nursing career at Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane, WA graduating August, 1964. Connie was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Nurses Corps, in May 1965. In January 1966 she was assigned to the USAF Hospital in Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, one of the first women to be assigned there.
After a year she was assigned to the US Air Force Academy and it was there she was promoted to Captain, attended Flight Nurse School and received her wings. From there she was sent to a hospital in Korea.
After a year-long break from service and longing for travel, in September 1970 Connie rejoined the Air Force and spent two years at Forbes Field, Kansas. Upon its completion she became the Nurse Coordinator for the USAF Recruiting Service at Alameda, CA. Connie received her Bachelor of Science nursing degree from Loretto Heights College in June, 1976.
From there she held assignments in various places such as Wiesbaden, Germany where she was now Major Workman, and Fairchild Air Force Base where she was promoted to the rank of Lt Colonel. Awards given to her were: Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Upon retirement from the military Connie worked at the Idaho County Nursing Home for a period of time. She was always helping others in any way she could. She was an active member of the Grangeville Christian Church, Alcoholics Anonymous, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and loved playing the bugle for other veterans who had served our country. She cared for her parents in their later years, volunteered at the Veterans Center, Hospice, Meals on Wheels and wherever else she was needed.
Connie is preceded in death by her parents and sister Joan Robinette. She is survived by her brother Robert (Yasmin), Niece Heidi (Erik) Whitcomb and family, and brother-in-law Ray Robinette.
A graveside service will be held Friday, November 10th, at 1:30 pm at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville, Idaho, with a reception to follow at the Veterans Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Syringa Hospice, Veterans Center, or Grangeville Christian Church.
A special thank you to Pastor Gott for his visits and care, Dr. Told, her caregiver and friend Deon Revis, Cindy and the hospice volunteers, Kathy and Mindy and all those who helped in these last few days. May God bless you all.