Mount Ayr Record
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
DEATH of THOMAS CONLEY OCCURRED LAST FRIDAY EVE.
Passed Away at Home in Knowlton After Illness of Several Months.
Thomas CONLEY of Knowlton died about 5:30 Friday evening at his home, after an illness of several months. The serious
nature of his illness had been known to relatives and friends who had known for some time that there were no hopes for
Destined to perform the lesser duties of an earthly existence, Mr. CONLEY was conscientious in the performance of his
duties until illness and suffering made work impossible for him. He took great pleasure in associating with his friends,
who likewise found in him a cheerful and sympathetic nature.
He will be sorely missed by his wife and children, and by others in the community. The following obituary was read at the
funeral services, which were held in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, Rev. A. L. JORDAN presiding:
Thomas Hartful CONLEY, son of Rensie and Sophia CONLEY, was born near Diagonal, Iowa, Sept. 12, 1878 and passed on Oct.
12, 1934, at the age of 56 years and one month.
He was united in marriage with Ettie May BISHER Nov. 19, 1905. To this union were born two children, Mrs. Lenora CHEERS of
Arispe, Iowa, and Cecil CONLEY of Pasadena, Cal.
Mr. CONLEY was united in marriage to Cora B. KELLER, February 9, 1920. To this union four children were born, one son,
Gilbert Gail, preceded his father in death. The surviving children are Vesta Maxine, Retha Marie, Donald Everett and
Marjorie Geraldean. He is also survived by seven grandchildren.
Mr. CONLEY was the last member of a family of five children.
Interment was made in the Knowlton [Centenary] cemetery.
I know not what the future hath,
Of marvel or surprise,
Assured alone that life and death
His mercy underlies.
And so beside the silent sea I wait the muffled oar,
No harm from Him can come to me,
On ocean or on shore.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our thanks to the many kind neighbors and friends who assisted in so many ways during the illness and
death of our husband and father, also for the beautiful floral offerings. We wish also to thank our physician, who was so
faithful and ready in his ministrations.
Mrs. Cora B. CONLEY and children.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis CHEERS and children.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil CONLEY and children.
NOTE: Etta May BISHER and Thomas H. CONLEY divorced in 1912. Etta was born on 29 Oct 1884,
Shannon City, Union County, Iowa, and died at the age of 77 years on 27 Jul 1962.
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