After a sudden illness, on Saturday, December 22, 2018, Mary Conlon in her 87th year of Elmira. Beloved wife of the late Ted (Edward) Conlon for 51 years. Loving and devoted mother of David and Cindi Conlon of Guelph, Ron and Pow Conlon of Cleveland, Ohio, Greg and Lynn Conlon of Elmira. Fondly remembered by grandchildren Jeffrey, Ian, Andrew and Emily; Jessica, James, Michelle, and Kelly; and her five great-grandchildren. Sister of Gertie Delisle. Predeceased by her parents, Louis and Koletta Ziler of Dashwood, four brothers and four sisters.
A private person, Mary found company in her lush gardens which were her pride and joy. She was ahead of her thyme in her belief of eating local and fresh. Her family remembers the steaming canning pot along with the well-stocked fruit cellar of earthly delights. There was always a hearty soup on Saturday, along with the good dishes, silver cutlery and a fresh baked pie on Sunday. Mary loved nature, and her walks with Ted along the Kissing Bridge Trail were regular and treasured. Winter was never her favourite season, so many of the snowy months were spent sewing in Florida with husband, Ted, providing support and transport. Family was her other garden of delight, and even in the temporal fog of dementia her visible enjoyment was in holding a great-grandchild on her knee.
Memorial Mass will be held at St. Teresa of Avila RC Church, 19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Father David Lewis officiating, followed by a lunch and celebration of life in the parish hall. Interment in Elmira Union Cemetery will follow. In her memory, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy.