TORRINGTON – Connie Addy’s resignation on Dec. 1 will bring an end to over three decades of service and smiles to the people of Goshen County.
Health reasons are most often attributed to Addy’s resignation/retirement, but, according to Debra Rodgers, Addy’s sister, people are curious and should know about the battle Addy is fighting and how she appears to be winning.
According to Rodgers, Addy was diagnosed with brain lymphoma two years ago. Treatments at that time were successful, and the cancer went into remission.
“The thing with lymphoma, however,” Rodgers said, “is that is does come back. Three weeks ago, she was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of the lymphoma and admitted to Cheyenne Regional Hospital. She was put on steroid treatments and is now undergoing radiation therapy. However, the doctor’s prognosis is good for Connie to return home, its just going to take time.”
This is the second reoccurrence of the lymphoma for Addy since the initial diagnosis and treatment.
Because of the treatments Addy is undergoing, her immune system is very susceptible to infection, so visitors are limited and must wear a mask when they do visit.
According to Rodgers, Addy’s tenure began in 1976, when, after her daughter’s accidental death, Addy’s grandfather, County Assessor Larry Sandburgh, got her a job with what was then called the Goshen County Water and Health Department.
After a few years, Wendell Grapes, the county clerk, asked her to come to work in the clerk’s office. Soon, Addy became the deputy clerk, a position she held until 1998, when she ran for and won the county clerk seat, vacated after Grapes’ retirement. According to Cindy Sussex, current deputy clerk, Addy ran unopposed in every election in which she campaigned, except the last one in 2010.
“Connie just loved her job,” Rodgers said. “She would often go in at 4 or 5 a.m. to get all of her work done so she would be free to visit with people when they came into the office. She always felt that spending time with people was the most important part of her job.”
Sussex, who has worked in the clerk’s office for 10 years and has been the deputy clerk for three, pointed out that the clerk’s office is “responsible for elections, vehicle titling, real estate recording, payroll and many other duties. It is the third largest department in the county, behind the sheriff’s department and road and bridge.”
Even with those responsibilities, duties, and pressures Sussex said, “Addy has always been a lovely and hardworking woman. It has been a pleasure and an honor and a wonderful learning experience to be her deputy.”
When asked about Addy’s plans for retirement when she returns to Torrington, Rodgers said, “Well, Addy’s husband died suddenly in May of a heart attack. He had been her caregiver during her illness, and suddenly he was gone. So she wants to help others in the community who have cancer and don’t have anyone. She still wants to contribute to the people in the area. I think with her husband gone, Addy doesn’t want to be alone.”
It would appear, however, with all of the people that Addy has touched over the years, with her kindness, helpfulness and caring, being alone is the last thing she will have to fear when she comes home.
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