Connie Gill Kwant-Snow 1943 - 2021
Our angel mother, Connie Kwant-Snow, aged 78, passed away peacefully at home on September 16th surrounded by her family. Our mom was a warrior! She battled cancer for over 5 years with dignity and strength. Connie had the most positive attitude, always looking for the good in all things. She was classy, hardworking, and never complained. Connie had “prayer” mastered. She relied heavily on our Father-in-Heaven and His son Jesus Christ.
Born June 26, 1943, in Roosevelt Utah to Ruland Jay and LeNore Merkley Gill. She was the oldest of 4 children, taking on the role of protector and second mom as the older sister. Connie graduated from Highland High school, class of ‘61, and then attended the University of Utah. She married John William Kwant Jr. on August 4, 1965. They were blessed with three children: Lisa, John III, and Amy.
Connie worked for Eastern Airlines, and later had a very successful career in Real Estate. She loved each of her clients and treated them as if they were family. She was a master negotiator and could always bring a real estate transaction together where it was a “win-win” for both sides. Connie loved getting out and having fun and was always up for an adventure. Some of her favorite places include Bear Lake (indulging in a LaBeau’s raspberry shake), camping and 4-wheeling in Canyonlands (although she would always get out of the car and walk over Elephant Hill). She enjoyed night’s out in Park City, and hiking all of the trails at Brighton. Connie loved a party! Her Sunday roast, mashed potatoes, and hot rolls were legendary. She could cook for an army. We all carry around a few extra pounds thanks to her mint brownies and homemade ice cream.
Connie married John Palmer Snow November of 2001. They enjoyed travelling the world, growing, and caring for their hearty vegetable garden, and doting on their kids and grandkids. Connie’s grandchildren affectionately called her “Nanny”, which was so fitting since she was a daily fixture in their lives.
Connie was fiercely protective of her family. If you ever needed someone in your corner, she would be the one to call. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t help you do; she knew how to get things done! Nanny and her granddaughter, Hannah, coined our family motto which is “WOGWAG” - Where One Goes, We All Go! This is our family conviction, forever we’ll stand united.
Connie is survived by her children; Lisa (Brian) Murphy, John William III (Cindy) Kwant, Amy (David) Anderson; stepchildren, Nadine (Marcus) Cushway, John (Laura) Snow, Jennifer Skinner. Grandchildren; Hannah and Benjamin Nielsen; Johnny and Andrew Kwant; Kate, Matthew, and Samuel Anderson; Zachary Forland, Chloe Wallace; Griffen and Crosby Snow; Earl LaPole, Kinleigh Skinner. Siblings; Ruland (Karen) Gill, Shauna (Steve) Hillstead, Kelly (Carrie) Gill. Special sisters-in-law; Patricia (Bruce) Christensen, Carol (David) Kwant. Preceded in death by her sweetheart John Palmer Snow.
Thank You to Dr. Saundra S. Buys and her team at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital, and Dr. Roy J. Gandolfi for all of your medical care over the years. Special heartfelt "Thank You" to her caregivers who gave us an extra year with our mom; Alisa Hancock, Connie Zubrod, and Colleen Christiansen. You were “His hands”. There are no words to express our love and appreciation for you, you are family now and forever! Thank you for being our angels here on earth.
There are no goodbyes for us, only see you laters. Until we meet again. We love you mom!
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 11 a.m. - Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South, with a viewing from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment: Larkin Sunset Gardens. Condolences can be shared with the family online at www.larkincares.com
Oh how I miss my darling life-long friend. She was courageous right up to the very end. She was loved by everyone.
Oh, how we loved Connie! I loved the quote shared in her service today about people perhaps not remembering what you say or do, but they will remember how you made them feel. Connie always made me feel special and loved. I was her niece, and she always referred to me as “angel” or “darling,” as I know she did for many. She was a joy to be around because she made you feel good about yourself. You knew she valued and loved you.
She was also incredibly fun! I had the opportunity to travel with Connie, and together with her sweetheart John Snow, they were such an addition to every trip. Wonderful conversationalists and quick to laugh about the unexpected events we encountered. She had a quick wit and was so fun to be with.
I was also always inspired by her class, her grace, and her tact. From her dress and mannerisms to words and actions, she was pure class. She modeled the example of her angel mother, and she inspired me to be better.
We will miss Connie. But we are grateful for the joyful, peaceful, and pain-free reunions she is now enjoying. Our love to all the family. We look forward to seeing her again. 💗
Kelly and family, My condolences to the loss of your sister. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Some of my fondest memories were hanging out at the Kwant home because of Connie’s kindness, smile, laugh, and they way she always made everyone feel loved.
As I watched her overcome the challenges in life I have so admired her toughness she showed through her perseverance. She never list her grace.
Connie’s legacy lives on through her amazing children whom are the kindest humans I know.
Amy, Lisa, and Johnny I love you, and I will forever love your beautiful mother.
I am so sorry to learn of the massing o f Connie. I travel with Connie and John Snow for years, such wonderful people. Connie and her brother and his wife, Jim and Karen Gill became dear friends.
I know that we will see her again.
Connie was the first one on Brown Villa Cove to reach out as a friend and welcome me. We were both newly married in second marriages and I had the chance to be her visiting teacher and make her feel welcome at the Oakhill Ward. She was the brightest spot on the street. Always a kind word, a sweet treat, a listening ear. We shared our happinesses and sorrows and prayed for each other. Connie was so proud of her children and was particularly close to her grandchildren she tended for years. She also tended her own mother until late in her life as a loving Angel. Connie was one of a kind and I will always cherish our friendship. What a valiant fighter! She has gone home and into the arms or her sweet John. We love you Connie! ❤️
Connie was our best friend! We created the "Gals on Prowl" group and "We Five with in one year of age" would meet monthly for many years, to dine together wherever we pleased . We covered areas from Kamas, Spring City, Lehi, Ogden, Salt Lake, and the Utah mountains and rivers - enjoying our company and eating great meals in all kinds of dining settings, having fun and invigorating discussions that led to laughing and crying - giving us strength and dignity and the will to keep smiling. Connie will always be in our hearts.
My heart aches for your loss, she was a lovely person and my family was blessed to be introduced to her thhrough Lisa
With sincere condolences,
John + Michele Brumwell
Connie will be missed. She was a best friend to everyone...Always wanting to help and support. The greatest cheerleader for all she met. Our deepest sympathy to her wonderful children, Lisa, John and Amy.
My deepest sympathies.
Much love for your sweet mother! Till we meet again dear friend!
Bob and Casey