The family of Hazel Marian Conroy are comforted to announce that our Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother is now in the presence of her Savior and reunited with past love ones. Mom passed on just before sunrise on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, surrounded by her family.
Mom was born in Lethbridge, AB on December 1, 1928 to Hazel and Orland Keiver. When mom was 5, together with her older brother, Richard, the family moved to Kimberley and then on to Cranbrook, as her father was employed as a conductor with CP Rail. It was in Cranbrook that mom received her schooling and grew up. In 1949 she married the boy next door, Elmer Conroy. Together they welcomed 7 children into the world. Though mom’s days were busy raising a large family she maintained a spotless home, always had fresh baking, and welcomed anyone that came through her door to join the family for a meal.
Throughout the years mom enjoyed watching her family grow and loved being a part of the lives of her many grandchildren. Mom was greatly loved by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, all of them ever jostling to be the one to sit beside her and be the benefactor of her famously popular tickling or simple stroke on their arm. Mom loved easily and unconditionally. Her strong family values together with her lovingly supportive nature was a base of strength for each of her children and grandchildren through life’s ups and downs.
The majority of mom’s life was spent in Cranbrook where she continued to impact the lives of those in her family, church and neighbourhood with her love, faith, and ever ready willingness to help those in need. Throughout her life, her deeply compassionate nature was displayed in the many loaves, muffins, cookies and cakes she lovingly baked for others. She had a quick and humorous wit, and a welcoming spirit and people always felt at home around her. She was a woman of faith, and you never left her presence without a prayer or blessing.
Mom moved from Cranbrook to Kamloops in 2011 where she was welcomed by two of her daughters and their families. She initially resided at Berwick on the Park, and then more recently at Ridgeview Lodge.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Elmer in 1999, and brother Richard in 1993. She is survived by her children: Robert (Penny) Conroy, Richard (Catherine) Conroy, Susan (Ron) Olynyk, Joanne (John) Young, Garry (Jacqui) Conroy, Diane (Gordon) Mamen, Shannon (Greg) Nash; as well as 17 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Mom’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm at McPherson Funeral Home (2200 – 2nd Street South) in Cranbrook with Pastor Ron Short officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Wings as Eagles Ministry, 3331 – 21st Street North, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 6E5.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bantock and the staff at Ridgeview Lodge for the outstanding care and love given to Marian.