Connie Louella Buzzard, 66, of Idaho Falls, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
Connie was born on October 25, 1956 to Gorden J. and Louella Rose (Pittsenbarger) Switzer in Omaha, Nebraska. The family moved often and after graduating from Midvale, Utah’s Hillcrest High School in 1975, Connie went on to study teaching at Idaho State University. While there, she met Michael James Buzzard who literally swept her off her feet and swung her around on the dance floor. It wasn’t long after that when they eloped and were married in Elko, Nevada, on December 18, 1976, much to the chagrin of his mother.
Connie worked as a waitress at a café in Murray, Utah, while Mike was a welder. Soon they were blessed with five lovely children. They moved to Idaho Falls in 1994.
Connie had many talents and skills and used them as she dedicated her life to being a wonderful wife and mother. She excelled at math, became the head of the PTA, taught as a substitute, and sewed, quilted, crocheted, loved to sing, and to grow roses. Connie supported her family through the many passions and difficulties of their lives even when it was difficult for her, including the many family campouts, and especially by becoming an expert in home health care as she cared for Danny. Whatever it was, the family or her friends needed, she made it her mission to improve their lives.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Rodney Switzer; her daughter, Katherine Louella Buzzard; and many step-fathers.
She is survived by her loving husband, Mike; son, Michael James (Michelle) Buzzard; daughter Jennifer Elizebeth (Michael) Green; sons, Daniel Albert Buzzard and Matthew Lee (Margie) Buzzard; 10 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters (plus one on the way); sisters, Collette, Patricia, Theresa, and Cara; and brothers, Ray and Don.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023, at 3700 East Lincoln Road, Idaho Falls ID 83401.