Connie Lee 'Dugal' CARINGER

April 17, 1935 ~ April 26, 2009

Mrs. Connie Lee 'Dugal' Caringer, 74, of Poplar Bluff, MO., died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at her home. Mrs. Caringer was born April 17, 1935, in Farmington, MO.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. She volunteered at Lucy Lee Hospital for 20 years and also managed the gift shop there. She also volunteered at the Christian Life Center at FBC until her illness. She volunteered and played piano at area nursing homes. She was known for her beautiful wedding cakes and decorated many weddings in Poplar Bluff, including her own children and grandchildren.

On Dec. 24, 1952, she married Norman E. Caringer in Farmington, MO. He survives.

She was a wonderful mother to five children who survive: Karen Kearbey, husband Lee, of Poplar Bluff; Katherine Gibbs, husband Robbie, of Glendale, AZ; Kristal Quimby, husband, Michael of Scottsdale, AZ; Craig Caringer, wife Robin of Palm Harbor, FL; Curt Caringer, wife Cyrene of Poplar Bluff. Other survivors include 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren: Lee Kearbey, III, wife Angie; Kara Kearbey; Kelly Kearbey; Erin Simmons; Drew Simmons; Casten Caringer; Cattarah Caringer; Heather Stafford, all of Poplar Bluff. Becca Briley of AZ; Beau Briley of TX; Lily Caringer and Clayton Caringer of FL; Elizabeth Fields, husband Jerry of MS; Nick and Chelsea Quimby of AZ; Whitney and Mariah Kearbey of Dexter; Elijah Bounds, Aliyah Bounds; Kaden Johnson; Brady and Josh Dunn; Zoie Winder all of Poplar Bluff. Tucker, Colt and Shyloh Fields of MS. She is alwo survived by two brothers: Ronald V. (& Shirley) Dugal; Richard "Dick" (& Dottie) Dugal. Three Sisters: Carole (Mrs. Ron) Short; Sandy (Mrs. Ken) Stoll; and Janice (Mrs. Dave) Spane, and numerous Nieces & Nephews.

She was preceded-in-death by her parents, Leo B. and Velma 'Chalk' Dugal, and 1 brother, William E. Dugal.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Poplar Bluff First Baptist Church (551 No. Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO. 63901), with Rev. William Vail officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: * The United Cancer Assistance Network, 1419 W. Maud St., Poplar Bluff, MO. 63901 -or- * the First Baptist Church, 551 No. Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO. 63901

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  1. Norman, My sympathy to and your family. I know things have been rough for all of you for some time now. Another one of our child hood"play mates" has gone to meet out Lord. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  2. I know you thank God that you were blessed with Connie….bless her heart. Please know you are in many prayers and remembrances.

  3. Where do I begin and. . . where do I stop! Have been friends since childhood. Met at church (First Baptist in Farmington). Went to junior high and high school together. Have spent many a night in the Dugal household. It was almost like spending the night at home as both of us came from large families. I remember no one could leave the Dugal house to go anywhere until the family had their daily devotional and Bible reading. Connie was our class cheerleader from 7th grade through high school. Connie was talented. She could do almost anything. Could play the piano. . . could sing. She sang alto in the high school sextet. Connie could also sew. I spent one Saturday night with her when in junior high. She decided to make a dress to wear to church the next day which was also having the observance of the Lord's Supper. Don't remember exactly what happened but Connie spilled the grape juice all over her new green dress. We got tickled and could not stop laughing. I think Connie's main goal in life was to get married and have children. She was definitely family oriented. She succeeded! Sonny and I extend our sympathy to all of you. May God wrap His Loving Arms around you and comfort you. You were truly blessed by God to have been given such a great lady to guide and direct you. What a legacy!

  4. God will help you day by day, Giving you strength in His special way. His love will be a comfort to you, and He'll give you courage to se you through. Curt, you and your family are in our prayers.

  5. Sandy and Ken, So sorry to hear about the loss of your sister/sister-in-law. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Janet

  6. Uncle Norman, Curt, Craig, Karen, Kathy, and Kristi and your families: We are sure going to miss Aunt Connie. I am sure she is playing the piano for Jesus and Grandma and Grandpa Dugal and the rest of our family that welcomed her into Heaven. Do you think that Jesus let her pinch his cheeks when she said hello to him like she always did to all of us? She was a wonderful, loving person and she will be missed by all. We are keeping you all in our prayers. With love, Susie, Larry, and Sarah

  7. Sincere sympathy to her family. Connie was a beautiful lady, loving wife and mother. Connie will be missed by those who knew her and with treasured memories.

  8. To Our Dear Family: We will miss Connie but have good memories of good times with her. Having lived in Farmington until the age of 12 years, I remember lots of family times together with my Dugal first cousins. What a servant of our Heavenly Father Connie was. She was always thinking of others and ways she could help them. Connie and I (Mary Frances) came from a family that learned what servanthood was as little children. Peace, Love and Blessings to Norm and his family and all of my cousins, Bob and Mary Frances

  9. Nonnie was the best great-grandma in the world.She was a great person to talk to.I am lucky to have had her in my life. We will miss her very much.

  10. Norm, We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. May you be comforted by your wonderful memories, your loving family and your faith.

  11. Norman, Connie and you have touched many lives,including my own. She has been like a mother to me. With a heavy heart, I feel your pain and sorrow,for she will be dearly missed. I have fond memories of her generosity,jovial laugh,wonderful cooking and heavenly deserts. Curt and I could always depend on and looked forward to some fine home cooking after an exhausting hunting or fishing trip. May Godbless her and we meet again another day in a better place.

  12. Curt and Craig, Very sorry for your loss. I will always remember your mother for her kindness and caring ways.

  13. Norm/Curt, May God's blessings and the memories of Connie support you forever! Connie was such a blessing to us during our Wedding, she was such a classy lady! Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

  14. Wonderful lady. Made a such a postive impact in my life long time ago. Very kind to my mother in nursing home. Was like mom to me during my time with her. I will never forget her kindness and teachings she shared with me.

  15. We express our deepest sympathy to the family and know that she will be sorely missed. Mother, Sylvia Dugal Widener, always spoke very highly of Connie and when we visited a few years ago, she was truly a sparkle of a lady. We enjoyed every minute we spent with Connie and wish there were more. God be with her and the family. She truly is in a better place.

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