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Mrs. Constance (Canillas) Therrien, 90, of Gloucester, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Connie was born May 11, 1927, in Rockport. She is the daughter of the late Francisco and Concepcion (La Flor y la Cruz) Canillas who immigrated from Valencia, Spain to Gloucester in 1917. She resided at McPherson Park for over twenty years until 2013 when she became a resided at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Connie grew up in Gloucester and moved to Lebanon, N.H. at 16, following the loss of her mother. There, she was trained as a seamstress at Carter’s and took in her youngest sisters. She met and married Alden J. Therrien of Swanton, Vt, and later returned to Gloucester with her husband and two children.
In the 1950’s, she worked as a seamstress, then worked at Gorton’s of Gloucester until becoming a stay at home mother. In 1969, she became a beloved teacher’s aide at Head Start and later became a Home Health Aide for Senior Home Care where she was honored with the Ruby Holderness Award.
Connie was a longtime member of the Lanesville Congregational Church. She also had a passion for sewing, with a special talent for making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls which she loved giving to family and friends. She loved animals, was a family historian, and enjoyed traveling to visit her large family.
She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Therrien-Owens, son-in-law, Rolf H. Owens, Jr. and granddaughter, Joscelyn Owens of Beverly. She also leaves behind youngest and closest sister, Dolores Bellimer of Brockport, N.Y.; her sister-in-law, Marianne (Fidika) Canillas of Salem, along with her many nieces and nephews. She was also especially close to her lifelong niece, Connie (Canillas) Patch of Lebanon, N.H.
She was predeceased by her son, Steven Therrien, her brothers Frank, John, James, Anthony, Joseph, Ralph and her twin Manuel, her sisters Theresa Andrews, Josephine Driver, Marion Mooney and Helen Nelson.
Connie’s Memorial Service will be in the Lanesville Orthodox Congregational Church, 1120 Washington St. Gloucester on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Dollivers Memorial Cemetery, Lincoln St., West Gloucester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. For online condolences and register book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
The Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on  October 24, 2017
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