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In Memory of

Constance Coolik

July 9, 1950 - August 31, 2017

Obituary


Constance (Connie) Harrington Coolik passed away August 31, 2017, after a brief illness at Medical City Plano. She was born July 9, 1950. Connie is survived by her husband Russ Coolik, her daughter Emily Eikenburg, her grandson Bishop, her cousins, Claudia and Bob Blaylock and Debbie and Jim Blaylock, and numerous second and third cousins. She is preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lou Harrington Ross, her mother, Kitty Mattison Harrington, and her father, Conner Harrington, who was mayor of Plano at the time of his death in 1970. Connie was the granddaughter of...

Constance (Connie) Harrington Coolik passed away August 31, 2017, after a brief illness at Medical City Plano. She was born July 9, 1950. Connie is survived by her husband Russ Coolik, her daughter Emily Eikenburg, her grandson Bishop, her cousins, Claudia and Bob Blaylock and Debbie and Jim Blaylock, and numerous second and third cousins. She is preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lou Harrington Ross, her mother, Kitty Mattison Harrington, and her father, Conner Harrington, who was mayor of Plano at the time of his death in 1970. Connie was the granddaughter of Gladys Harrington, another longtime community leader and founder of the Plano Public Library system, which started in her home.

Connie attended Plano public schools and received her degree from Texas Christian University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She remained a devoted TCU Horned Frog for life.

Connie and her husband Russ lived in her gracious vintage childhood home, which was next door to her grandmother and near Old Downtown Plano. Mrs. Harrington lived to an active and engaged age of 103 years, and the Cooliks made sure that "Grandmother" never missed an important symphony, civic, or social event during her long and happy life.

Connie was very involved in the formation of the arts, culture, and historic preservation infrastructure of Plano. She was a founding member and first treasurer of the Plano Service League, which is now the Junior League of Collin County. As a member she was instrumental in securing a juvenile detention center for Collin County and brought U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to dedicate the facility.

Connie and her husband's patronage and support of the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County led her to an appreciation of the work of Plano police officers, and she volunteered her time working for four years in special projects and Crimes Against Persons.

She continued Gladys Harrington's involvement in the Plano Symphony Orchestra and served on the Advisory Council for the Art Centre of Plano. Her family's long-time position in the history of Collin County made the Cooliks' love and generosity for the Heritage Farmstead Association a natural fit.
Connie was raised in her family's First Christian Church of Plano and later joined Custer Road Methodist.

For all that Connie Coolik did for the city of Plano, perhaps she'll be most remembered for the personal connections she made with people throughout the city and beyond. She was truly loved by so many. Her kindness and thoughtfulness were special gifts, and she delighted in remembering her countless friends with beautiful handmade greeting cards on every significant event in their lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, the highlights of all family occasions would bring her unique cards crafted with love. Many of these treasured cards have become family heirlooms. Creative in so many ways, Connie also was talented at calligraphy and scrapbooking, and she shared her arts by teaching these and cardmaking to others.

An avid reader like her grandmother, Connie enjoyed sharing her interest with her book clubs, the Tuesday Book Club and the Babes in Bookland.

Memorials may be made to the Connie Coolik Memorial Scholarship Fund benefiting nursing students at Collin College Foundation, 3452 Spur 399, Suite 429, McKinney, TX 75069, or online. https://www.collin.edu/foundation/supporting/coolikmemorial.html

Arrangements under the direction of Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, Dallas, TX.