Shirley Jean Conner, 77, was born Sept. 28, 1936, in North English, Iowa, and died in her home, surrounded by her loving family, on July 25, 2014, after a three year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Shirley thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family, hosting company in her home, hunting, fishing, gardening, canning, cooking and sewing. She attended North English High School, met her husband of 61 years, Marion, roller-skating in Millersburg. They lived in North English and made their permanent home of 54 years in Millersburg. Shirley worked 16 years at Victor Manufacturing and at Evans Photography/Lifetouch for over 15 years.
She was the daughter of Henry and Geneva (Blount) Simoens. She is survived by her husband Marion Conner, their five children, Catherine (Conner) Lown, Roseville, California; Sharon (Conner) Widmer (Neil), Deep River; John Conner (Jean), Tiffin; Susan (Conner) Voss (Bob), North English; and Beth (Conner) Strasser, Homestead. She had 14 grandchildren, Brian Lown, Kelly (Winegarden) Hall, Luke Winegarden, Jaime (Lown) Young, Tyler Winegarden, Anne Winedgarden, Lynston (Blain) Hummer, Luke Gregory, Danny Conner, Clayton Voss, Camie Widmer, Dillon Conner, Nick Strasser and Allison Voss as well as 11 great-grandchildren. Shirley was a very special grandmother and she loved Maxine Voss’ potato salad.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law, Penny (Davis) Conner and son-in-law, Roger Lown.
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