Constance Halstead

Constance Gamlin Halstead, 78, of Columbia and formerly of Kansas City, died June 15, 2010, after a brief struggle with cancer. She is loved and will be sadly missed by her family and a wide circle of friends.

Connie was born in  Irvington, New Jersey  to Arthur  and Merle  Gamlin.  She grew up in Missouri. Connie graduated in 1953 with a degree in Education from the University of Missouri (Columbia), where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She taught school for several years in Nevada, Ohio, and Kansas before settling in Kansas City. Connie assisted her husband, Dick, for several years in his advertising agency in Kansas City. Connie then became a certified instructor in effectiveness training for parents, teachers, and women, and was a principal in the human relations consulting firm of Halstead and Hudson Associates. Later, she obtained a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University/Baker University and operated a private counseling practice.

Connie pursued a wide variety of interests throughout her life, including promoting peace and understanding among people both in their individual lives and around the world. One highlight of recent years was travelling with friends to Thailand, Italy, and Peru. 

Connie married Richard Halstead in 1958. He preceded her in death in 1990. Connie is survived by three children, Keith Halstead, wife Mary, and son Andy of Camden Point, Missouri; Carrie Tentori, husband Eric and children Elie and Macy of Paonia, Colorado; and Bruce Halstead of Denver and son Spencer of Kansas City. She leaves behind many friends who have cherished her for her warmth, wit, and wise counsel.

A celebration of Connie’s life will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at  5:00 p.m. at Parker’s Funeral Service, 22 N. 10th Street, Columbia, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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  1. Connie Hammond on June 17, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I knew Connie in K.C. as we were growing up…through grade school and on into Highschool. Having the same first name made us instant friends, and we attended the same church and had many of the same friends. I will always remember her quick smile…our best to you, her family.

  2. Tina Allen Lang on June 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Hi Carrie and family, My condolences to you and your family…I have fond memories of your parents at Lake Waukomis and us kids growing up. My best to all of you.

  3. Beth Given-Reyes on June 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    To the children of Connie: What a shock to see that your Mother passed away this week. I so enjoyed knowing her from her years at Curves. She will be greatly missed. Just saw her a couple of months ago and she said she was moving to Colo to live with her daughter, she seemed so happy about it. Thanks for sharing your Mother with me. Beth Given-Reyes manager of the Curves in Columbia, Mo

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