Constance “Connie” Suttles McKeen, 79, of Alexandria, VA., passed away peacefully in Vestavia Hills, AL. on January 31, 2021. She suffered a long struggle with dementia and was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. She was born Saturday, September 6, 1941 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Joseph Suttles, and Lauretta Jean Suttles. Connie is survived by her only sibling, Jan Walker (Mark), her son Richard McKeen of Birmingham, AL., her daughter Susan Bruno (Sam) of Vestavia Hills, AL. and her much adored grandchildren Sara Bruno, Katie Bruno and Samantha Paguia-Gomes.
Connie was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School where she was a majorette and won the William D. Meike language award at graduation. She then attended Gettysburg College where she earned her degree in education. She spent 27 years as a military spouse, moving from one place to another, hosting dinner parties and gathering many life long friends along the way. With her teaching degree she taught troops how to read and write. She even substitute taught at her children’s high school in Germany much to their delight and the delight of all of their friends who attended school there. She was the cool mom that everyone loved. After relocating back to the United States from Germany, she began a successful career in real estate in Alexandria, VA., which she enjoyed for 28 years.
Connie always had a cheerful demeanor. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and loyal friend. Reading books, and waiting for the next Washington Redskins game to start were top on her list. Her favorite trips were to the beach with her family and friends. Connie loved her martini’s and was a strong competitor in a game of Scrabble.
A memorial service to celebrate Connie’s life is planned for 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5 at the home of Susan and Sam Bruno. Family and friends are welcome.