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Connie Sue Cave
(09-28-1952 - 11-25-2011)

Connie Sue Cave (nee Smith), 59, of Elgin, Illinois, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2011 at Sherman Hospital. She was born September, 28, 1952 in Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois to Locie Merrill Smith and Frances Nora Smith (nee Thompson).
Connie married her loving husband, Dexter Allan Cave, on June 15, 1974 in Bushnell, Illinois. Connie graduated from Bushnell-Prairie City High School in 1970. She earned her degree from Illinois State University in 1974, where she met her future husband. Connie spent most of her adult life as a homemaker and mother to her two children James Loren Cave and Brittany Anne Brierley (nee Cave). Connie earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University in 2008. Connie was employed as a substitute teacher and special education paraprofessional, most recently at Prairie View Grade School in Elgin. Connie was a lifelong learner and teacher. She was an avid genealogist and amassed a large body of research. She enjoyed gardening. Connie was a member of the former Grace UMC. Connie volunteered for a wide variety of causes, such as the Literacy Connection. Most recently, Connie was overjoyed upon becoming a grandmother to her first grandchild, Daniel James Cave on September 26, 2011.
Connie is survived by her husband, Dexter Cave, her son, James (Amy) Cave of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, her daughter, Brittany (Daniel) Brierley of Elgin, Illinois, her grandson, Daniel James Cave of Elk Grove Village, her mother, Frances Nora Smith of Naperville, Illinois, and sister Judy Kay (Thomas) McCoy of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and brother Kevin Locie (Marjorie) Smith of Darien, Illinois.
Connie was preceded in death by her father, Locie Merrill Smith of Bushnell, Illinois, on March 19, 2001, her grandparents Loren Wetzel Smith and Mary Etna Smith (nee Carnes) both of Astoria, Illinois, and Robert Riley Thompson and Idella Fern Thompson (nee Haffner), both of Bushnell, Illinois.
Services will be held at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State Street, Elgin, Illinois. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM with a memorial service following at 7:00 PM. The Rev. Judy Sherk will be officiating. For info: (847) 741-8800. Private burial will be at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, Illinois.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org

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