Obituary: Constance "Connie" Loann Tryon

May 15, 1932 - March 17th, 2023
Constance "Connie" Loann Tryon
Posted at 9:48 AM, Mar 23, 2023

Constance "Connie" Loann Tryon died peacefully March 17th, 2023 in Great Falls, Montana at Benefis Peace Hospice. Connie was born in Malta, Montana on May 15, 1932 and had been looking forward to celebrating her 91st birthday this year.

Connie was the eldest of three children born to Charles Minor Keeney and Alice Elnora Alm Keeney. Born into a strong Norwegian family, Connie was dubbed “Inga” until her baptism set the record straight. In the fall of 1953 she married Glenn Tryon at a small ceremony at the American Lutheran Church in Chinook, Montana. Glenn had served as a pilot in World War II. Connie and Glenn spent a number of years moving with their family around parts of Montana and to Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming before returning to Montana to settle in Great Falls. Although they eventually ended their marriage, Connie and Glenn remained friends and family through the end of his life. Connie later married her long-time friend Charlie Akers, also a WW2 veteran, and they resided together in Great Falls until his death.

A Montanan influencer before the TikTok era, Connie -- or Bestamor to her great-grandchildren -- was a steadfast leader in her community. As a young woman, she began a storied career in the restaurant industry as a waitress, and eventually Connie owned and operated the Jack Club, a popular supper club in Great Falls that boasted dinner theater entertainment and the best half-and-half spaghetti and ravioli in town (well, family thinks so). During her business career, Connie was active with the Tavern Association, the Four Seasons Foundation, and the local Chamber of Commerce.

After Connie sold the Jack Club and retired, she continued sharing her leadership with the Great Falls community by volunteering at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the Sons of Norway, and working part time at Lippi's Kitchen. Connie loved her family, her cats, and her home state of Montana. When she wasn't caring for her family, friends, and community, she enjoyed staying fit through swimming and water aerobics, and showcasing her creativity through drawing, cooking, and various needlecrafts, including quilting, needlepoint, and knitting. She also made go at Norwegian hardanger embroidery and wood carving. Connie's family and friends will lovingly remember her strength of character, pragmatic wisdom, and Norwegian pride, and Great Falls will remember her as an astute businesswoman and graciously influential citizen.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and husbands Glenn Tryon and Charlie Akers. She is survived by her children Chuck (Tomoko), Rick (Phyllis), and James (Dee), 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Sharon Keeney, and many family cousins. To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Everloved website.


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