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April 14, 1945~Oct. 11, 2020
Connie Marie Theos was born to Nick and Aileen Theos on April 14, 1945, in Hayden, Colorado. She passed peacefully at home on Oct. 11, 2020. From the day she was born she was taught the value of hard work and dedication to the ranching way of life. The snowstorm in April that year required her father to stay with the sheep and not see her until she was 10 days old.
She loved the ranch and some of her fondest memories from her childhood were on the ranch. She loved riding her horse, Dixie, going with her dad on the sleigh with the team of horses to feed, and spending time with her friends and cousins. She loved the outdoors and her happy place was with the sheep, horses and dogs.
She was a very adventurous person. After graduating from Meeker High School, she spent a year at CU in Boulder before moving to California and then Arizona. During her time in Arizona she became an active member of her community and acquired many lifelong friends. She had a very successful horse breeding operation and loved spending time with her horses on the racetrack.
In 2001 she moved back to Meeker and began working on the ranch again with her father. She loved being back on the ranch and worked to promote the sheep industry. She was a great volunteer and advocate for the Woolgrowers, Meeker Classic, Stockgrowers, and served on the Farm Service Agency, as well as helped with countless events in the Meeker community and throughout the agricultural industry.
Connie has one sister Renae Neilson. She always said, “it was quite a shock after several years to not be the only child, but I adjusted and got her horseback at an early age.” Connie had an unconditional love for her three nieces, as well as her great-nephew Jace and great-niece Mollee. Martin Inda “her better half” was her best friend. Her other loves included her horses, sheep, dogs, and all of her cousins and extended family.
She leaves behind Martin Inda, Renae and Paul Neilson (sister and brother in-law); Kelcee, Ryan, Jace and Mollee Vroman (niece and family); Morgan and Kelsey Pfeiffer (niece and husband); Taylor Neilson (niece); along with her extended family and many friends.
Connie loved life and lived the life she loved.
Graveside services were held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at The Theos Family Ranch, located at 6909 County Road 49, Meeker, Colorado 81641. Memorial donations may be made to Colorado Wool Growers or Rio Blanco Wool Growers Sheep and Goat County Fair Awards in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colorado, 81625.