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Constance Annette Canfield, age 59

Constance Annette Canfield, 59 of Jacksonville passed away April 10, 2023. She was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, July 3, 1963, to Mary Catherine Collins Canfield and the late James Thomas Canfield.

She was a 1981 graduate of Jacksonville High School and attended Harding University and the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Her parents owned the Jacksonville Daily News for over 30 years. She was an award-winning makeup artist and was a great representation of the Chanel brand, working at Dillard’s for many years, and later at B. Barnett. She was an outspoken ambassador for people from all walks of life, and had a gift seeing the best in people and for making them feel special. She had an abundant love for people and was never reluctant to show it.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sister, Candace (Candy) Grandjean (Shane), three nieces, Mary Grace Fuhrman, Savannah Faith Grandjean and Lyla Rose Fuhrman, and a host of cousins and beloved friends. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents Walter C. and Lizzie D. Canfield and Tressie and Dan Collins, all of Jacksonville.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 16, 2-4 pm in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 1208 West Main Street, Jacksonville. A celebration of life will be held on Monday, April 17, at 2 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville or the American Cancer Society, 901 North University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Donna Carter Posted April 13, 2023 11:18 AM

    Such a special lady, beautiful inside and out. If you ever met her, you loved her. She definitely had a way of making everyone feel special, she will be missed by so many.

  • Ruby Whitten Bush Posted April 13, 2023 11:41 AM

    I am Ruby Whitten I was Connie,s 2nd grade teacher at Warren DuPree Elementary School. I had not seen her for many, many years and happened to run in to her at The Chanel counter in Dillards Park Plaza and realized who she was. She remembered me and we had a long.visit about her year in my classroom. She was a special student to me and it was really great tosee her again and a few more times. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Lenna ODell Posted April 13, 2023 3:51 PM

    She did my makeup for many years and always helped me look my best. Such a beautiful person and friend. I am so sad to hear of this news.

  • Ken Brown Posted April 13, 2023 4:01 PM

    I have known Constance for over thirty years and will miss her quick wit. My fondest memories was her talking about the love of her mother , sister
    and nieces.

  • Lynette brown Posted April 13, 2023 4:38 PM

    She was such a sweetheart and she will truly be missed

  • Lorrie Hathorne Duke Posted April 13, 2023 5:09 PM

    I feel so grateful to have been Connie’s friend. You could search the world over and not find another as fabulous as she. Deepest sympathy to Catherine and family. I know our love for her.and her memory will live on through so many.

  • Teresa Vines Posted April 13, 2023 5:28 PM

    Constance was a beautiful lady inside and out! She was always kind and smiling at everyone she would meet!! She always was a class act! I’m so sorry to hear the news that she has passed! Fly high beautiful Angel ❤️

  • Kerry Elliotte Posted April 13, 2023 6:00 PM

    I have known Connie since grade school. Such a beautiful person inside and out. Loved by everyone that crossed her path,with her amazing style and zest for life. She will be missed by so many.

  • Linda George Posted April 13, 2023 9:08 PM

    Our loss is definitely Heaven’s gain. Connie had a heart the size of Texas. Smiles, hugs, and love for all. R.I.P. my sweet friend. You are missed!!

  • Tracy Barger DeJong Posted April 14, 2023 8:55 AM

    I enjoyed working with Connie at the Board of Equalization some 40 years ago. We carpooled back and forth to Little Rock every day. Connie was such a lovely and fun person. I am sorry that I lost touch with her. She always was a ray of sunshine.

  • Billie Jean (Goforth FlyingMan) Abbott Posted April 14, 2023 9:37 AM

    Catherine, Candy, family & friends I so sorry to learn of Connie’s death. She was a bright light in this world who cared about other people and that is so important in this day and time filled with so much hate. Praying for comfort from our Lord for family and friends in your hours of grief. (Tressie Collins friend)

  • Suzy Burson Posted April 14, 2023 9:55 AM

    I will miss my special friend. Always willing to help with a loving heart and smile.

  • Holly Parker Posted April 14, 2023 11:01 AM

    Constance always saw the best in others. She was truly a gifted artist and made each person she worked with feel special. Constance will be missed by all who knew her, and never forgotten. Rest In peace my dear friend.

  • Kelly Hitt-Brown Posted April 14, 2023 4:14 PM

    Blessings of comfort to Connie‘s family. I am grateful to have known Connie back in the day, and to have been the recipient of her beautiful smile and complete & total wonderfulness.

  • Becky and Lynn Ward Posted April 14, 2023 5:02 PM

    Constance had such a huge presence and her style and artisanship were unequaled. We will miss her dearly. Prayers for family and her many, many friends.

  • Cynthia Posted April 15, 2023 10:11 AM

    I had the honor of meeting Ms. Constance recently and I immediately fell in love with her. She was an absolute jewel and even during her journey in her last days, she was still bubbly and an absolute pleasure to be around. Im glad God allowed our paths to cross. Praying for her sweet mother and family.

  • Mary Alexander Posted April 15, 2023 1:40 PM

    I knew Constance when we were working at Dillard’s in the cosmetic Dept. She was smart, talented,and kind.. Words fail to express my deep sorrow for friends and family. Fly high my sweet friend.

  • Bill and Emme Kehler Posted April 15, 2023 9:54 PM

    We were so distressed to hear of Connie’s passing. Our prayers go out to Catherine and the Canfield family. Connie will be missed.

  • Robin Ring Shaver Posted April 16, 2023 2:31 PM

    Constance, you are the rainbow!

  • Robert “Gonzo” Houston Posted April 16, 2023 3:07 PM

    Connie was a friend from 1979 on.
    We worked and laughed together at The Jacksonville Daily News, but we’d known each other long before then. She made you feel you were part of the family.
    She used to come to my house on the weekends and listen to our garage band, “Infinity”, which she loved and supported, we even played at James Canfields’ political events when he ran for Lt. Governor.
    Connie was the freest of spirits, and a friend to all. I will miss you Connie, may your spirit be at peace! I know you will not rest…you will continue your love, support and friendship of others in the spirit world!
    My sympathies to Catherine, Candy and family. Love you!

  • Kelli Jo Zumwalt Posted April 16, 2023 7:03 PM

    Constance Canfield and I have been lifelong friends. She was at my first birthday party. We wore diapers and high heels. We grew up and when I moved to New Orleans much fun was had through those years. Eureka springs, like it had for our parents, became a place of fabulous friends and lifetime connections.
    The pain of separation is absolutely brutal especially sis ce there is no doubt there will ever be another Constance Canfield. So beautiful. So exotic. So CRAZY
    There won’t be many days that I won’t think of her with fondness, and wistfulness wishing we had more time, sweet time.

  • Tonya Kopf Posted April 18, 2023 6:45 PM

    I was so saddened to hear the news of my beautiful friend. We worked together at Dillards in the late 80s to 90s and you were the sweetest person and always made others feel loved. We kept in touch through the years. Just know you were loved by so many people and when I see a rainbow I will think of you. Love you

  • Holly Vines Posted April 18, 2023 10:39 PM

    I was so sorry to hear the news . We had so much fun back in the day , and I loved getting a makeover at the Chanel Counter at Dillards . Constance was one of a kind !♥️

  • Vicki Fewell Posted April 23, 2023 1:45 PM

    Catherine and Candy, my heart aches for you in your terrible loss. I can’t imagine your grief. Although I ran into Connie several times after she was grown, I remember her best when we were neighbors on Oakhurst. She was a sweet and special woman who marched to her own drummer. I’m sure she’s in heaven now, asking the angels if she can see their shoes!

  • Syble Livingston Posted May 14, 2023 4:31 PM

    Constance wasa beautiful person. She never judged no one. I worked with her for many years at Dillards. I was a Mac artist. She was such a stunning lady. So pleasant with a loving heart and soul. You will be truly missed. I love you my friend. Rest in love. Tell my son Reid I miss and love him. Watch over him. Remember Jesus needs you now. Rest in love. Your friend…Syble

  • Kotah Meadows Posted September 29, 2023 11:12 PM

    I worked with Constance at Dillards a few times while I was at MAC and she was always so sweet and kind, she always gave me a ton of free Chanel samples and I bought my first Chanel skincare and cosmetics from her. She always complimented me every time I saw her and always had a smile on her face. I work in a salon now and found out today about her passing from a client who knew her. She will be dearly missed by everyone who ever got to meet her. Rest in peace gorgeous

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