OBITUARY - RETHA MARRIE (CONLEY) HERROLD
March 3, 1923 ~ February 13, 2011
Retha Marrie CONLEY was born March 3, 1923 to Cora Belle KELLER and Thomas Hartford CONLEY, at home, northwest of
Knowlton, moving into Knowlton when she was three weeks old. She was welcomed into the family by a sister, Vesta Maxine.
The family later welcomed Gilbert Gail, who died in infancy, Donald Everett, Marjorie Geraldine and Ronald Lee.
Retha graduated from the Diagonal High School with her brother, Donald; both graduating in the same class. Retha worked at
Henry Field Nursery in Shenandoah for nine years; at Places Store in Mount Ayr for two years; at the Mount Ayr Cap
Factory; and she baby sat with a host of children – being with the Jack TAYLOR family for six years and seeing three of
them start school.
She enjoyed attending church in Diagonal and the quilting sessions with the women of the church.
On September 22, 1982 she married Vincent Wesley HERROLD at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Chris
DIDRICKSEN near Gravity. Together they enjoyed the farm life until his death on June 2, 2000 at the age of 77 years.
On April 23, 2006 she purchased a home in Mount Ayr where she lived until entering the Mount Ayr Health Care Center
on November 3, 2010.
Retha passed away at the Health Care Center on February 13, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent;
her mother Cora Belle CONLEY BYERLY; her father Thomas Hartford CONLEY; step-father Claude BYERLY; her sisters Vesta
Maxine and Marjorie Geraldine; and her brother Donald Everett.
Retha is survived by her brother Ronald Lee CONLEY & wife Betty of Mount Ayr; a sister-in-law Ruth DIDRICKSEN of Gravity;
and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 17, 2011, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of
Mount Ayr, Iowa. Interment was made at Knowlton (Centenary) Cemetery.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2011
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