Surrounded by family, Constance “Connie” Diane Bovee (Levac) passed away peacefully on Friday, July 8, at the age of 76. Born to Joseph and Mary Jane Levac on April 11, 1946, in Poughkeepsie, New York, Connie was raised in a Christian home, dedicating her life to Christ in childhood. As her mother imparted to all of the Levac sisters, Connie had a love and artistry for the piano and singing.
Connie graduated from Mount Baker Junior High School in 1964. Later she enrolled in Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute where she continued to serve Christ and expand her biblical education. After her time at the bible institute, she worked at Western Washington State College Library.
In 1979, Connie and Roger were introduced by one of her sisters. Although they were living in two different states, Roger had an opportunity to visit within a week of their introduction.
They began their relationship through letters and occasional visits. Roger explains his courtship with Connie as the Lord’s work bringing them together.
After spending Christmas with the Levac family and returning to California, Roger proposed at Lake Berryessa on New Year’s Day, 1980. Roger fondly recalls asking her father’s permission, Connie’s excited surprise and her confident “yes.” They were married June 21 of that same year. Over the next 42 years, Connie and Roger welcomed two children and two grandchildren, building a beautiful life together.
Throughout their shared life, Connie and Roger had a number of adventures including hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and doing missionary work in Alaska. Connie’s relationship with Christ was her foundation as she and Roger raised their family.