Connie Flores, 66, died Friday, July 11, 2008, at Benefis East Hospital in Great Falls after complications from surgery.
Her wake service began Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 2 p.m. and continued through Sunday, July 13, 2008. Her funeral service will began at 10 a.m. today, Monday, July 14, 2008, all at the Rocky Boy Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at the Rocky Boy Cemetery. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Connie was born September 26, 1941, in Fort Belknap to James and Nancy (Rainingbird) Oats. She attended schools in Rocky Boy and graduated from Snake River High School in Black Foot, Idaho. She married Paul Flores Sr. And the couple lived in Toppenish, Wash. They had four children: Natalie, Paul, Delia and Nancy. Paul passed away in 1970. Connie then attended business school in Yakima, Wash., and graduated with her associate degree in business. She moved back to Rocky Boy in 1978. She married Richard Sangrey in June of 1979 and they had one daughter, Michelle. Connie went to work for the Rocky Boy Health Board as their accountant and fiscal manager in 1979, retiring in 2007 after 28 years. Connie enjoyed traveling, watching horse races and playing machines. Most of all she loved her time with her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Family was very important to Connie. She also collected figurines, salt and pepper shakers and beaded earings. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Paul Flores in 1970; a baby daughter, Nancy Victoria Flores; three brothers, Blake and Duane Anderson and Leon Oats; many aunts and uncles; and a nephew, Gary James Ortiz Jr. Connie is survived by her husband of 29 years, Richard Sangrey of Rocky Boy; her four children, Natalie (Travis) Stephens of Box Elder, Paul (Ida) Flores Jr. Of Rocky Boy, Delia (Don) Flores of Albuquerque, N. M., and Michelle (T.J.) Sangrey of Rocky Boy; her sisters, Gloria (Adam) Ortiz of Los Angeles, Leona (Ron) Swan of Rocky Boy, and Delena Anderson of Los Angeles; brothers, Edwin (Karen) Oats of Helena, Reed (Eva) Anderson of St. Ignatious, and John Oats of Rocky Boy; step-father, Henry Anderson of Helena; six grandchildren, Aubrey Henderson, Tyra Henderson, Dusty Henderson, Santana Wells and Nicole Flores Parisian; and three great-grandchildren, Edward and Zane Blatt and Faith Wells.