In Memory of

Connie

Lea

Hart

Obituary for Connie Lea Hart

Connie Lea Hart passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2024, in Orlando, Florida. Connie was born in Fort Worth, Texas on October 22, 1950. She was the youngest of 4 girls. Born with natural red hair, her daddy often said that they had to stop having kids once they started coming out “red”. They say that redheads are very rare, less than 2% of the world’s population. Rarity for Connie is an understatement. There is and never will be another like her.

Connie grew up in the Tri Cities, WA, but spent most of her adult life in the Pacific Northwest, north of Seattle, WA. Connie also spent many years off and on living in Southwest and Central Florida. In her final years, Connie loved living in her home in Central Florida on a beautiful lake, enjoying the warm weather.

In her lifetime, Connie wore many hats and worked in various entities in the mortgage and real estate industry. She continued with this work all the way to her passing. She was smart as a whip and thrived working in all her various business projects. In addition to her work, Connie’s main passion in life was her children and grandchildren. Anyone who knew Connie heard her talk about her kids and grandkids. She was very proud of her “legacy” as she would often say.

Those that knew Connie also knew she was a superb chef and baker. There wasn’t anything that Connie couldn’t make. Her most comfortable place was always in the kitchen, making some extraordinary dish for people to enjoy. She prided herself on coming up with new recipes and enjoyed sharing her knowledge and love of cooking and baking with others, especially her grandkids. Her youngest grandson Logan told Connie at a young age that he wanted to make a “grandma robot” so that all of her ‘yummy recipes’ could be shared with the world. Connie loved that idea.

Connie was also an animal lover, especially cats, squirrels, cardinals, and flamingos. She immensely loved watching and feeding squirrels peanuts. All the grandkids have special memories of feeding the squirrels with grandma. Connie was also a “cat grandma” and many would joke with her that she was the “cat lady” although she would tell you that none of the cats belonged to her, but the cats didn’t know that.

Everything that Connie did in her life, she shared with others. Everyone who knows Connie will tell you that she was the most kind and helpful person, and a friend you could always count on. She was “Mom” and “Grandma Connie” to multiple people. She will be missed immensely.

Connie has now joined her parents, Cecil and Opal Dodd, and older sisters, “Mick” Carmichael and “Pat” Smith, all of whom preceded her in death. Connie is survived by her older sister “Barb” Carmichael, two children, Nick Hart, of Orlando, FL, and Lea Overturf and husband (Greg) of East Helena, MT. Four grandchildren: Lucy Hart of Seattle, WA, Jack Hart of Orlando, FL, Logan Coles and Sydney Coles of East Helena, MT, and two step-grandchildren Janyssa Ellis (Marcus Holland) of Butte, MT, and Mikal Overturf (Nate Shea) of Billings, MT. Connie is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family. Connie had dear friends in her life that meant a great deal to her, including her longtime partner and friend (GB). She will truly be missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

Connie did not wish to have any memorial service in her honor. The family asks that in lieu of flowers and memorial gifts, donations can be made to:  https://spaythestrays.rescuegroups.org/info/donate - this is a cat rescue facility that Connie supported in life.

"While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats."  Mark Twain

Connie's funeral arrangements are in the caring guidance of Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremation,
1132 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787.