Baker City, 1940-2017
Connie Carnagey, 77, of Baker City, died Sept. 14, 2017.
The memorial service for Connie will be Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 975 S. Bridge St. in Baker City.
Connie Carnagey was born in on May 28, 1940, at The Dalles. She grew up in Lyle, Washington, and graduated valedictorian from both eighth grade and high school. On Feb. 1, 1960, Connie started to serve as a full-time minister or pioneer. Her parents supported her by buying her a brand new 1960 Ford Falcon. In 1961 she moved to Baker where she met and later married Tom Carnagey.
In 1963 her first son, Joe, was born in Grangeville, Idaho. Her second son, Phil, was born in 1969 in Whitefish, Montana, while they were living in Eureka. Connie and Tom had a nice garden, so she would enter canned goods, produce, jams and jellies at the local fair. She used the ribbon winnings to buy a baby stroller for her youngest son, Phil.
In the early 1970s they moved to New Bridge and raised the boys on a little farm. At that time, they helped start a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Halfway.
In 1991 Connie moved back to Baker and started to pioneer again. She had the privilege of attending pioneer school with Guy Pierce as one of her instructors. He later became a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Connie was an excellent student and teacher of the Bible, over the years she studied with many people.
Connie will be greatly missed for several reasons. She was a loving mother and sister, a great cook and a faithful wife. She had a kind and tender heart with a sweet disposition. She loved flowers, small children and animals, but most of all, her God, Jehovah.
Connie is survived by her sister, Jeannette Harrop, and her husband, Ron, of Fishkill, New York; her sons, Joseph Carnagey and his wife, Annitta, of Nampa, Idaho, and Philip Carnagey and his wife, Angie, of Boise.
Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Carnagey, and her parents, Wayne and Dot Hathaway.