Constance Morrow Fulenwider died suddenly of natural causes, at her home in Weston on Friday, June 24. She was 73.

A lifelong summer resident of Seven Gates Farm in Chilmark, she was born in Carmel Valley, Calif., to Margot Loines Morrow and Dwight Morrow Jr. Constance spent most of her childhood in New York city and attended the Brearley School. In the early 1950s, she and her siblings went to the one-room schoolhouse in West Tisbury for a year. She graduated from Concord Academy in Concord in 1960 and later attended the Sorbonne in Paris, France and Sarah Lawrence College.

Always fascinated by politics, Constance volunteered for John Lindsay’s New York city mayoral campaign in 1965. After Lindsay’s election, she worked in his administration in the Department of Investigation before marrying Michael C Fulenwider in 1970.

A joyful connector of people, Constance was a vibrant member of the community in Weston, where she and her husband moved in 1972 and raised a family. She served on the board of the Boston Philharmonic and the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, N.J., housed in her paternal grandparents’ former home. She was also an enthusiastic member of the Parliamentary Law Club, a women’s debate society in Boston. Throughout her life she looked forward to her summers on the Vineyard, where she spent time with friends and family, took long walks with her dogs, and swam in the ocean every day.

At the age of 55, she set about completing her college education, and proudly graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College as a Davis Scholar in 2006, three weeks before the birth of her first grandchild. An English major, she particularly loved her poetry and writing classes, and started a local writing group.

She was a lifelong animal lover and, with her black lab, Luna, trained as an International Therapy Dog volunteer, serving in schools and libraries to help children who struggled with reading, and, in 2013, working with survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Fulenwider, her daughters, Anne Fulenwider and Wendy Fulenwider Liszt, two sons in law, Bryan Blatstein and Jeffrey Liszt, four grandchildren — Evie and Sammy Blatstein and Cyrus and Susanna Liszt — her sister, Faith Williams, and her beloved black lab, Luna.

A celebration of her life will be held at the First Parish Church at 349 Boston Post Road in Weston on Thursday, July 14 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to her favorite charity, Therapy Dogs International, 88 Bartley Road, Flanders, NJ 07836.