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Constance Ellen (Gibbs) Saunders

December 26, 1939 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Constance Saunders Obituary

Constance Ellen Saunders, 84, formerly of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was born on December 26, 1939, in Earlville, the daughter of F. Leslie and Nina L. (Foster) Gibbs. Constance graduated from Manchester High School with the class of 1959. She later received her B.A. from Mt. Mercy College and then her M.A. from Clark College.

On November 15, 1959, Constance was united in marriage to Richard Saunders at the United Methodist Church in Manchester. Three children were born to this union. The couple celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary 13 days before Richard’s death.

Constance and Richard enjoyed traveling and had visited all the United States, except Hawaii, and many trips seeing most of Canada. They loved to ride their recumbent tricycles together after retiring.

Survivors include her son, Rodney (Thresa) Saunders of Cascade; two daughters, Candy (Michael) Flynn of Middleton, Wisconsin, and Penny (Jerry) Zaruba of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren, Andrew (Stacey) Saunders of Cascade, and Elizabeth Saunders of Houston, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Thresa Paige Saunders and Scarlett Orchid Saunders; one sister, Patsy (Ken) Dearburg; and sister-in-law, Kathy Gibbs.

Constance was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Nina Gibbs; her husband, Richard Saunders; her brother, Michael Gibbs; and her parents-in-law, Clifford and Darlene Saunders.

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January 4, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057

Graveside Service
January 4, 2024

1:00 PM
Oakland Cemetery
North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057