She was born at home in Bozeman, MT and was the third of four children born to Dr. Albert Brewer and Florence Belle Brewer.
Constance lived in Montana as a child - Bozeman, the family homestead near Sand Springs, Baker, and Terry.
After obtaining her RN degree at Columbia-Presbyterian in New York City in 1932, she worked as a nurse in NYC, Yellowstone National Park, and Missoula, MT.
She focused her career by becoming a Certified Public Health Nurse in 1941 and worked in many capacities as a public health nurse.
Constance joined the US Army Nurse Corps during WWII, serving in England and Germany.
Afterwards, she married George Zahl and raised a family — then returned to nursing and finished with a two-year Peace Corps assignment to Nicaragua and Honduras at age 68.
She was then devoted to caring for family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She loved education, debating current events, philosophy, and being outside in nature.
She strongly believed in volunteering, rigorous daily exercises, being with family and Christianity not worn-on-the-cuff.
She enjoyed reunions and respites at the Montana cabin her parents had built in 1926 — also baking, gardening, weaving, bird-watching and fresh air at night.
She was not shy in sharing what she considered the truth of a matter - and she was often sought after for her wisdom and positive outlook.
See also http://www.eastoregonian.com/obituaries/.
Published memoirs should be available within the year.
Memorial services will be held in Spokane at Fairwinds Retirement Community, 520 E Holland Ave. on Saturday, November 16 at 3:00 PM.
Main services and interment will be next summer in Bozeman, MT.
Contributions can be made in her name to The Nature Conservancy (8095050) and to Oxfam America.