Connie Jo Gilliland, 74, Osage City: Oct. 31, 1943 – Jan. 2, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Connie Jo Gilliland, 74,  passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Peterson Nursing Home, Osage City, Kan. Connie was born Oct. 31, 1943, in Parsons, Kan., she was adopted by the Crocker family.

She graduated from Lyndon High School, Lyndon, Kan. She had worked as a housekeeper at the nursing home until health forced her into retirement.

She was joined in marriage to Thomas Francis Sapp, he preceded her in death; she married Bill Gilliland, they later divorced.

Connie is survived by her two sons, Kenneth Sapp, Burlington, Kan., and Paul Allen, Osage City; and a dear friend and caregiver, Archlean Frye.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Thomas O. Sapp on May 12, 2017; a brother, Leroy Crocker, and a sister, Betty Kness.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place and burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Reading, Kan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Connie Jo Gilliland Memorial Fund and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Service, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences may be expressed at

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