Constance M. Ford of Concord Township

Constance M. Ford, 99, of Concord Township, died Friday, July 31, at Maris Grove. Connie was born Nov. 30, 1920, to Mabel (Benson) and William P. Hourigan in Geneva, Nebraska.  Her grandparents came to Nebraska from County Cork, Ireland.

Constance M. Ford

After graduation from the University of Nebraska, Connie taught English and history at Geneva High School.  She met her future husband, Earle M. Ford in Geneva at a USO dance during WWII.  Connie and Earle married in 1947 and settled in Kennett Square, Earle's hometown. Earle was an accountant and popular local musician and Connie worked part-time at the Kennett News. They enjoyed ballroom dancing and listening to live music on their nights out.

Connie was predeceased by her husband of 48 years in 1995.  She is survived by her son, Thomas L. Ford, and his wife, Katy of Wilmington, her daughter, Janice Ford Benner, and her husband, John of Ivyland, and her granddaughter, Laura Ford and her husband,  Matt Croskey of Wilmington.

An avid reader, especially biographies, Connie also enjoyed daily walks, tinkering around the house, and Nebraska Cornhuskers and Philadelphia Eagles football. Everyone knew not to call her on Sunday mornings as she would be engrossed in the political news shows.  She was a pioneer at Maris Grove, moving there in 2006, where she was described as a private little lady, with “the most beautiful white hair, like the queen.”  Connie was a devout Catholic and attended weekly mass into her 99th year.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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