CONSTANCE ALLEY FRENCH

Born March 5, 1916 – died January 8, 2020

Died in her Woodbury, Vermont home surrounded by those she loved. 

She was born in Beverly in 1916 to Esther Stickney and Walter Leland Alley.

She graduated from Beverly High School, Colby Sawyer College and Scott Carbee School of Art and became a commercial artist.

She was married to the late Benjamin Brickett Priest, the late Edward L. Richardson and the late D. Richard French.

She is survived by her three children, Laury Lacy of Jackson, Wyoming, (Taihaku) Gretchen Brickett Priest of Woodbury, Vt. and Robert Bradley Priest of Hyannis;  by her sister, Judith Peterson of Naples, Fla.; by her two grandchildren, Leafye Pante and Eben Broadbent; and by four great-grandchildren, Amelia and Sebastian Pante, Liana and Kai Broadbent. 

Connie spent much of her life in Chatham.  Her grandparents owned, “Shore Acres” on Stage Harbor Road where she spent her childhood summers.  Later in life she moved back to Chatham and spent many happy years there.  Connie was well known as a watercolor artist.  She sold and exhibited her paintings throughout her life and was an active member of the Creative Art Center for decades.

Although she is best known for her Cape Cod Landscapes, she expanded her creative vision when she moved to rural Vermont at the age of 90.  She continued painting until after she turned 100 when her eyesight failed her.

She is remembered for her beauty, kindness and grace.  She had a delightful enthusiasm for life and had courage and strength when meeting life’s challenges.  Her bright light will be deeply missed by all who knew her.