Constance “Connie” Spain, 98, of Sioux City, a beloved wife and mother of all who knew her, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday May 31, 2021, Memorial Day, in Tucson, Arizona.
The Christian Burial Mass will be held on Monday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with Reverend Roger Linnan as celebrant. Visitations will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Sunday, June 6, in the presence of the family at 6 p.m., and a vigil service at 7 p.m., at the colonial chapel of the Meyer brothers. Online condolences can be offered at www.meyerbroschapels.com
Connie Spain was born on January 29, 1923 in Sioux City, daughter of Miles and Nellie (Mulder) Hamblin. Connie grew up in Sioux City, wintered in her home in California, and lived the last three years in Arizona with her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Helen Spain.
Connie graduated from Central High School. She attended the St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing in Clinton, Iowa. Clinton, Iowa, is where Connie married Francis Spain on March 15, 1945 and raised six children together. Connie served as a Naval Nurse in the Navy Nurse Corp for six months during World War II in Oakland, California. Connie later continued her education by attending Morningside College in Sioux City.
Connie Spain was a member of the Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament. She was a registered nurse at Saint-Vincent Hospital for 16 years.
In 1967, Connie began her personal journey as a recovering alcoholic which led her to her true passion as a counselor in the field of chemical addiction, which she devoted the next 15 years of her life to. drug addiction treatment. Connie has been a proud member of AA for 53 years. She was a member of the board of directors of the Siouxland Council on Alcoholism.
In 1971, Connie was responsible for establishing the first residential facility in Iowa to recover female alcoholics, the same year she participated in the production of a documentary film called “Fallen Angels” about women suffering from alcoholism. . The documentary won the film of the year award in the state of Iowa.
Connie was instrumental in the development of the first chemical dependency unit in Sioux City at St. Vincent Hospital; she also implemented the early intervention process involving family members to help provide treatment for alcoholics. In 1978, Connie was awarded the Susan B. Anthony by the National Council on Alcoholism for her achievements in the area of recovery from alcoholism in the state of Iowa.
In 1981, Connie entered private practice with Maureen Graves by opening the New Hope Alcoholism and Addiction Center. Connie was chosen for The Celebrating Community Project. A bust was created by local artist Mark Avery celebrating local heroes, Connie depicting those who have recovered from drug addiction.
After her retirement, Connie found pleasure in her grandchildren, family, snowbirding in California with her late husband Francis, golf, friends, and her continued involvement in the AA community.
Survivors include Mike Spain and Kay Spain of San Francisco, Calif., Larry and Helen Spain of Tucson, Arizona, Janelle Spain and Dale Herbst of Palm Desert, Calif., And Theresa Spain and Denise Chan, of Minneapolis, Minn .; his three grandchildren, Zack Spain of Phoenix, Arizona, Dorian Spain-Lavande of San Francisco and Emily Spain-Lavande and Luis Lee of Chicago.
Connie was predeceased by her husband, Francis “Panie” Spain; sons, Phil Spain and Craig Spain; his mother, Nellie Leitru; father, Miles Hamblin; two sisters, Helen Sierk and Katheryn “Maize” Varing; and his brother, Garret Hamblin.