Constance Tilghman Youngs Dudley, 89, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Sunnyside Retirement Community. Mrs. Dudley was born on February 25, 1930, in Orange, N.J., the daughter of the late Richard H. and Constance Henry Tilghman. Coni as she was known by family and friends, she grew up in Arizona and California. She graduated from Palm Springs High School in 1948. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas from 1948 50. While at SMU she was on the freshman debate team and participated with her late aunt, Judge Sarah T. Hughes on panel discussion promoting jury service for women. Coni was an elementary librarian at the American School in Lima Peru for three and half years. After returning to the U.S.A. she earned a B.S. in elementary education with certification as a K 12 librarian from George Mason College of the University of Virginia in 1972. She became a librarian at Herndon Elementary and retired from Orange Elementary in Orange, Va. in 1992. Although she moved around the U.S. and travelled to several countries, her happiest years were spent in Greene County, Va. on nine acres on a hill on the South River from 1978 until 1992. She was chairman of the Greene County Democratic Committee and as such appointed the first African American, Nancy Hawkins, to be an election official. Coni also represented the 7th District on the State Central Committee. In 2009 Coni returned to Virginia from Mt. Pleasant, S.C. to live at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Robert Youngs; her aunt, Judge Sarah T. Hughes of Dallas, Texas; her husband, H. Lane Dudley; and her sister, Sunny Tilghman. She is survived by her sons, David Youngs (Debra), Steven Youngs (Elizabeth), and Paul Youngs; stepson, John Dudley (Judith); grandchildren, Cameron Youngs Carns (Ben), Thomas Youngs (Jessica), Robert Youngs, Brian Youngs (Gabi), and Jackson Youngs; as well as her great-granddaughter, Charlotte Carns. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd., Suite L, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or Madison Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 297, Madison, VA 22727, where she was an elder. She will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.kygers.com.

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