Connie Sue (Ulmer-Meeks) Grissell, 78, of Bluffton, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Parkview Randallia Hospital-Hospice in Fort Wayne.    

Connie was born Aug. 16, 1940, in Bluffton, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph and Evelyn (Watkins) Ulmer. She married Jerry Max Grissell in Bluffton on Feb. 12, 1977; they were married more than 40 years until he preceded her in death July 25, 2017.

Connie graduated from Bluffton High School in 1958.  She was employed by Farmers and Merchants Bank in Bluffton for 24 years as a banker, and she and her husband Jerry also co-owned and operated the Airplane Service Station in Bluffton from 1980 to 1992.  

She was the past president of NEISDA; a former member of the IBA, BPW, and WOTM, and past Star Recorder.  She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Bluffton. After retirement Connie and her spouse decided to move to Ball Lake in Hamilton, Ind. She spent a lot of family time at the lake, enjoyed fishing and pontoon boat rides, maintained a beautiful garden/flowers, loved to cook for all who gathered, enjoyed meeting her club friends, and spent many hours playing cards. 

She had the privilege of meeting so many people throughout the many years in business and family life.  She was an exceptionally wonderful mother, spouse, and grandmother, and lived life to the fullest with such a positive outlook.

Survivors include her daughter, Wendy (Ron) Meeks Huston of Monroeville; a grandson, Spencer Meeks of Monroeville; a granddaughter, Kendra (Nathan) Bultemeier of Angola; two great-grandsons, Lincoln Meeks and Theo Bultemeier; a brother, Mick (Phyllis) Ulmer of Bluffton; along with a step-grandson, Jeremy (Allie) Huston, and two step great-grandsons.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Parkview Regional Medical Center and Parkview Randallia Hospice for their loving care and support. 

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or the Bluffton Animal Shelter (c/o City of Bluffton).

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