Connie Sue Hunt, age 82, of Sheridan, passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 22, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born February 19, 1935 in Greensfork Township, located in Randolph County, she was the daughter of the late William L. and Olive (Carter) Hunt.

After graduating from Spartanburg High School with the Class of 1953, she would continue forward with her education, earning both her undergraduate and master's degrees in education from Ball State Teachers College, as well as her endorsement in Special Education. Education was her life's passion. She was a dedicated and faithful teacher with a career spanning more than 38 years. She began her teaching career at Marion Township Elementary School, starting with 2nd grade before moving to the 5th and 6th grade classes. After leaving Marion Twp., she accepted a position with College Wood Elementary in Carmel teaching Special Education. She was a pioneer in the development of the curriculum for the Loved Learning Special Education program at College Wood. She was also a cheerleader for the Special Olympics and a unified partner for many of their events. She loved coaching teams in Bocce Ball and Corn Toss. Her infectious and very recognizable laughter will be greatly missed by many of the participants. She always had a smile on her face and rarely met a stranger. If she did, it was not for long. When she had some time to herself, she loved to get out in the garden and tend to her flowers and vegetables. She also loved to travel. She, along with Marilyn and Jane, would hit the road in her RV and rack up miles all over the United States. Later in life they started going on cruises. She was a member of the Janus Developmental Guild, as well as the N.E.A., I.S.T.A., and the Teacher's Book Club. She was also a member of the Christian Liberty Church where she taught Sunday school and was the Choir Director for many years.

Survivors include her longtime friend, Marilyn J. King of Sheridan; a sister, Mary K. Petry of Lynn; and sister in law, Mary Lou Hunt of Lynn. She is also survived by Jane Ann Padgett of Cicero. Connie was Jane's caregiver for more than 40 years, sharing laughs and smiles and her "daily lessons" which will be greatly missed. An animal lover at heart, Connie is also survived by her canine best friends Daisy and Oliver, as well as the many strays she took in over the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and by her brother, Virgil Hunt.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 East 10th St., Sheridan, with visitation scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Pastor David Kinsey and Pastor Keith Johnson will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be presented to the Special Olympics of Hamilton County or to Janus Developmental Services.