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Dorothy E. Conley

Friday, July 31, 2009

Dorothy Conley
Dorothy E. Conley, 95, of Quimby, passed away on July 29, 2009, in the St. Luke Lutheran Home at Spencer.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Quimby United Methodist Church. Rev. Rick Layman will officiate. Burial will be in the Quimby Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. at the church on Saturday. Visitation will be held today from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.

Dorothy Edith Conley, the daughter of George and Nellie (Markusen) Totman was born Nov. 26, 1913 in Quimby and lived her whole life there. Since February of 2009, Dorothy had been a resident of St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer. Her elementary and high school years were in Quimby and she graduated valedictorian in 1930. Dorothy attended Cherokee Junior College and Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She taught five years in Cherokee County rural schools and 37 years in Quimby Community School. In 1960, Dorothy was selected as a delegate to the National Education association Convention in Los Angeles, Calif. She had taught three generations in some families. She retired from teaching in 1978 and was a member of the Retired Teacher's Association.

Dorothy was untied in marriage to Kenneth (Allen) Conley on Nov. 11, 1934 and they had two sons, Thomas Allen and David Joe Conley. She was a life long member of the Quimby United Methodist Church, being active in Sunday School, Choir, United Methodist Women and Ruth Circle. For several years, Dorothy directed the live dramatization of the Last Supper presented by the Quimby Methodsit Men. She had a beautiful soprano voice and sang for many funerals and weddings.

Dorothy helped write the pageant material for the Quimby Jubilee in 1962. She was named Queen of Quimby's Centennial Celebration in 1987 and was the piano player for the Ladies Kitchen Bank. In 1989, Dorothy was the commencement speaker for the graduating seniors. She had been their Kindergarten teacher.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Allen in 1964, both her sons, brothers Robert and James Totman, a sister Mary Ewing, and two infant brothers.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters-in-law; Lorraine Conley of Spencer, and Marna Conley of Syracuse, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Kelly (David) Tellinghuisen, Michael (Becky) Conley, Ann (Neal) Williamsen, Kara (Eric) Patten, and Jennifer (Marc) Halko; also six great-grandsons: Ryan Tellinghuisen, Tyler Conley, Scott Williamsen, Garrett and Bradley Halko and Andrew Patten; six great-granddaughters: Sara Williamsen, Laura Tellinghuisen, Maddie Conley, Katie and Jillian Halko and Margaret Patten; one step great-granddaughter Jenny Patten; other relatives and friends.