Connie was born as Constance Mae Winter on July 12, 1941 in Sioux City to Leslie P. and Alice (Fowler) Winter. Connie loved to read, sew, and do crafts, especially embroidery. She was always making something for all of her loved ones and friends, and made clothing for her children as they were growing up. She was raised in Sioux City, going to elementary school at Woodrow Wilson Jr. and Central High School. She lived in several places in Sioux City, but after marrying an Army Man, they moved to Virginia, Texas, and Georgia. Following the Army life, the family moved back to Iowa, living in the Holstein, Galva, and Correctionville areas, and finally in Cherokee for several years. Connie later returned to Sioux City, worked at Little King and Arby's while sharing her apartment with Pokie Cat, Pokie II, and companion Gil Garcia. Gil took care of Connie, and was by her side to the end. Connie didn't know any strangers, only friends she hadn't met yet, she will be sorely missed.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Richard and LeRoy Winsett.
Connie is survived by daughter Linda M (Anderson) Larkins and her husband James, sons Danny Lee Lenninger and his wife Elaine, and Dennis E. Johnson Jr. and his wife Jill; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.