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Lela Mae Conner - Obituary

May 22, 2010

Alderson-Lela Mae Conner, 95, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010, in the White Sulphur Springs Care Center after a long illness.

How it pains me to write about my dear Mother, I had hoped she would be here much longer. Mother was born Feb. 9, l915, in the mountains of West Virginia where she cared for her parents and siblings until she married and moved to Alderson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Green Meador and Esther Meador Wikle; husband, Arnett Leo Conner in 2001; son, Sam, many years ago; and brothers, Phillip Meador and Delbert Meador.

Mother was a kind, loving and caring person without a selfish bone in her body. If you happen to stop by for a visit, she would always stop whatever she was doing to prepare you a meal, even if we had just gotten up from the table finishing our meal. She was a fabulous cook; I have never eaten food to match the flavors she could create. She and Dad would plant a garden every year which required much hard work to produce the bounty that was harvested and then in the hottest months of the year start a fire in the wood burning stove (in 1940s-í50s) to preserve the delicious foods for the winter months. Mother had incredible strength and endurance, she worked in the house, garden, yard, sewed, did crafts, laundry (which required hanging clothes on a line to dry, and then ironing), cook three meals a day and still had the energy to care for all of us kids and many of our neighbors. She cleaned house for Nellie Russell, made meals daily for Don McGuire and took in ironing for Catherine Johnson and Mrs. Deppen and I am sure there were many other tasks she took on that I was not aware. I honestly do not know where she got the energy to do all that she did. Mother had close relationships with Dorothy Hullings, Ann Smith, and Norma Honaker, had Mr. and Mrs. Bice as house guests after the flood, many good friendships with Catholic Church members, and Iím sure there are others of whom I am not aware.

Survivors include: her children, Tom Conner, Ed Conner, Maureen Lite, Leonard Conner, Bob Conner and Ken Conner; two sisters, Norma Frazier and Pauline Lilly; brother, Bill Meador; grandchildren, Brenda, Craig, Colleen, Cindy, Crystal, Cheryl, Susan, Andy, Jeremy, Amy and Larissa; great-grandchildren, Billy, Tommy, Caroline, Ashley, Abby, Jacob, Brian, Gary, Vicky, Heather, Conner and Tyler; great-great-grandchildren, Paige, Zoe, Preston and Conner, the twins, Alexia, Stephanie, Autumn and Ronnie.

Graveside service and burial was Friday, May 28 at Greenbrier Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Lewisburg, where Rev. Sam Groves officiated.

Family and friends called before the service Friday at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

The family welcomes all friends and neighbors to the house in Alderson (304-445-7835). Please come by and say hello, we look forward to seeing everyone.

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