Connie Colleen (Martin) Detlefsen, (46) passed away on 9 Oct 16. She was a resident of Colorado Springs for four years and formerly lived in multiple locations around the country and the world as both a Soldier and an Army Spouse.

Connie was the daughter of the late Bruce David Martin, Sr. and Nancy (Harper) Martin of Whittier, NC. She had been married to her husband Kevin for over 13 years.

A gifted and intelligent woman she held a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Troy University where she was a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Society and was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology during her senior year. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Tarleton State University. She was most proud of her time spent as a medic in the U.S. Army, including a deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2000. The bonds of friendship forged during that time sustained her throughout the rest of her life. She was an active member of The Disabled American Veterans, Jessie Martinez Chapter #50, in Colorado Springs, CO.

Connie was an avid reader and was especially fond of the Harry Potter series of books by author J.K. Rowling. She had also recently gained an interest in cosplay, particularly the genre of steampunk and had attended numerous comic conventions over the last few years.

In addition to her mother, Nancy and husband, Kevin, Connie is also survived by their blended family of five children: daughters, Christina, Chelsea, Jorden; sons, Ryan and Lance; five grandchildren; brothers, Bruce Jr. and Wesley; and sister, Sarah. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father Bruce Sr.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday October 24, 2016 at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80910, 719-634-1597.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

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