Connie Kay Covey, age 73 of Rich Hill, Missouri died Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born April 13, 1949 to Franklin Eugene and Marceline Alice Wideman McMichael in Osborne, Kansas.
Connie, one of six children, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where as a teenager, she attended a music concert at Blue Valley Park. It was here she saw a young man playing music who she had never met, but knew as soon as she saw him she would one day marry. She told his mother that day, “I’m going to marry your son.” And she did! They were married for 55 years, had three children, nine grandchildren and two soon to arrive great-grandsons. When they were called into the ministry, they moved from Kansas City to live in Rich Hill, Missouri. This is where they raised their family and pastored their church flock.
Connie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking and baking for others. When you visited at her house, you never came away hungry. She not only fed your stomach, but your spirit as well. She loved and enjoyed a cup of coffee with Carl in the mornings and anyone who stopped by to visit throughout the day.
Connie loved all who knew her. She faithfully prayed for those she knew, and for anyone she encountered that touched her spirit or that the Lord put on her heart. She had a tender, generous heart for people. She willingly gave of herself in many, many ways. And for those who had the privilege of knowing and loving her, and being loved by her, you know exactly what I mean. She always said death is part of the cycle of life, just as a new baby being born is. And even though we know this to be true, our hearts are broken. But we know that she in in heaven with her Savior who also is the Comforter for those of us left here to miss her. Our hope is in Jesus, knowing that one day we will all be reunited with her in our heavenly home.
Connie is survived by her husband of 55 years, Carl Covey of Rich Hill, Missouri; two daughters, Carla Toppass and husband Matt and Shelly Schmitt and husband Jim all of Rich Hill, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Ferlinda Covey of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; three sisters, Barbara Foster and husband James of Smithville, Missouri, Terri Candelaria and husband Gabe, Tammy Gaitan and husband Cornie all of Arizona; two brothers, Patrick McMichael of Arizona and Mike McMichael and wife Barbara of Independence, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Emily Brucks (Michael), Caleb Schmitt (Tierra), Evelyn Toppass, Andrew Schmitt (Abbagail), Allie Siegismund (Levi), Joshua, Jacob, Jonathon and Joseph Covey; two great-grandsons on the way, M.J. Brucks and Elias Schmitt; nephews, nieces, many friends and her church family. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Timothy L. Covey.