Constance M. Stevenson
ALTON, NH -- Constance M. Stevenson, 83, of Alton, New Hampshire went peacefully into the arms of her Lord Jesus on June 24, 2011 at her home surrounded by family and friends.
She had been declining in health for a long period of time.
Connie was born on May 8, 1928 in Rumford, the daughter of Elizabeth (Allen) Tyler of East Concord, NH. She spent most of her childhood with her maternal grandparents, Harvey and Violet Allen of Mexico.
She graduated from Mexico High School in 1946 where she was a clarinetist in the concert band. In 1977, she graduated from New Hampshire Technical Institute with a degree in counseling.
Mrs. Stevenson was married on July 26, 1946 at the East Congregational Church in East Concord.
Early in her career, she was employed by WKXL in Concord, NH where she performed as salesperson and host of the weekly "Connie Stevenson Show," only the second woman in New Hampshire to have a live talk show format. She was hostess for International House of Pancakes in Manchester, NH for several years and then went on to be a leader in Alcoholics Anonymous, instrumental in establishing many new units throughout New Hampshire. She was a self-taught graphic artist known for her primitive painting, tole work, and lampshade design. She was the owner/artist of The Village Lamp & Shade Shop in Alton and distributed works throughout Nova Scotia, Canada, Maine, and New Hampshire.
Connie and her husband, Bob, established "Stevenson's Dairy Bar" in Alton, which served the area for several years. After receiving her degree in counseling, Mrs. Stevenson went on to work for NH State Hospital, Burbank House, Amethyst as alcohol abuse counselor, Manchester Mental Health and Carroll County Impaired Driver Intervention Program until her retirement in 1987.
Since that time, Connie divided her time between her summer home in Canada and Alton where she continued to paint.
Connie is survived by her brother, William Tyler of Greencove Springs, FL; her sons, Robert P. Stevenson of Tilton, NH and Craig S. Stevenson of Alton; and her grandsons, Ryan Stevenson, Christopher Stevenson and Richard Stevenson.
She is predeceased by her husband, Robert B. Stevenson; an infant son; her mother; her stepfather, Roger Tyler of East Concord; and her sister, Barbara Bachelder, of Pembroke, NH.
Services to be announced at a later date. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Concord, NH.