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Obituary ~ Connielou Caldwell

Connielou Caldwell

Connielou Caldwell of Leucadia, born July 5th, 1937, wasn’t perfect. Who is? But she would have given you or anyone the shirt off her back.

She never knew a stranger and was always happy to chat as if she’d known you forever. Her uproarious stories were frankly legendary.

She fiercely loved her neighbors and vise versa. And what a worker she was. Though she never graduated college or was formally trained, she always had a job and put her all into it.

Before retirement, Connielou was a teacher’s aide for special needs children at Torrey Pines High School. Helping her students make it through the day, was the delight of her life.

God and church were her other devotion. Her Bible and knees were well-worn.

She enjoyed participating in the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 416 and was honored to serve as President and Chaplain for several years.

She created beautiful prayer books containing devotional and other inspirational material. She was even happy to accept awards and recognition for her Auxiliary work.

But perhaps Connielou’s greatest accomplishment was never giving up on family members, no matter how far we roamed. She was always there, helping, supporting, giving, and waiting with open arms. And sooner or later, we always seemed to find our way home.

Now at 83, Connielou Caldwell has found her way home. So I ask you, who needs perfection after all?

She was adored by her husband, Charles K. Caldwell, of “Caldwell Antiques,” who passed on before her, and by all of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

During this time of COVID, in leu of a traditional memorial service, the family will gather one bright, sunny day and celebrate her life by the ocean she loved.

Did I mention she once doubled for Sophia Loren in a diving scene? She was chosen out of 200 other young women to swim underwater and gather sea sponges. That was our beautiful mother. Afterward, we’ll enjoy what Connielou talked about and looked forward to most every day—a wonderful meal. It will be perfect. Love you, Mom!

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