Effingham Daily News
---- — Mildred Geneva (Russell) Conley, 101, of Neoga, formerly of Toledo and Charleston, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Heartland Christian Village, Neoga.
Following Mrs. Conley’s instructions, a prayer will be given at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, with the Rev. James Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Toledo Memorial Cemetery, Toledo. Online condolences may be left at swengel-odell.com.
She was born Feb. 21, 1912, in Toledo, the daughter of W. L. “Doc” and Cora Jane (Andrus) Russell. She attended the first and second grade in Toledo. Then, her family moved to Charleston in 1918 and she attended the grade school at Eastern Illinois Teacher’s College, and graduated from the Teacher’s College High School in 1919. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University of Charleston. She taught in Maywood, and during the Depression years, was a case worker in the welfare department in Charleston. She received her Masters Degree in Music from Columbia School Of Music. She taught music in grade school in Maywood and Arlington Heights for 10 years and then taught in Winslow, Ariz., and Las Vegas. In 1946, she became administrator of the Medical Social Service Department at Clark County Hospital in Las Vegas for 10 years. She married Ret. Major Wilbur C. Conley of the United States Marine Corps in May of 1957. They lived in Chula Vista, Calif., until his death April 6, 1966. She then moved to El Cajon, Calif., in 1968 and back to Illinois in 1996.
Mrs. Conley was a member of the Evangelical Bible Church of La Mesa, Calif., a member of the Alumni Association of Eastern Illinois University, Delta Kappa Music Sorority, Epsilon Zeta Alpha Sorority (Philanthropic) and Soroptimist International Association. She also held offices in the above mentioned associations. She was also a member of the National and State retired Teachers Association. She moved to Carmi in October of 1996, and then to a Heartland Christian Village apartment in Neoga on Oct. 1, 1998.
Mrs. Conley leaves two cousins, six great-nieces and one nephew. She also leaves great friends, Patty Murray and her family, and Karen Schutte and her family.
Mrs. Conley was preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys R. Haagen, Ethel R. Smith and Alice R. House; and one brother, Lawrence (Larry) Russell.
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