HOLDEN, W.Va. — Phyllis Mae Stone Conner, 80, of Victory Point of Holden, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012, at home following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born March 22, 1932, at Ethel, she was the second eldest daughter of the late Phillip M. and Myrtle M. Stone. Also preceding her in death was her loving husband of 56 years, Alvin W. Conner, who passed away September 8, 2010; one sister, Marlene Stone Rennie; her only brother, Philip M. Stone Jr.; her paternal grandparents, Andrew and Jessica Stone, and her maternal grandparents, William and Mary Nicely.
Phyllis graduated from Logan High School with the class of 1950, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957 from Marshall College and received her Master of Arts degree in 1962 from Marshall University where she received her certification to teach Elementary grades 1 thru 8; English 7-9 and Social Studies 7-9. She began her teaching career at Slagle Grade School, taught at Holden Junior High School and retired from Whitman Elementary School after 31 years. Her love was teaching second grade at Whitman Elementary. She was a great influence on many young lives. Phyllis was active for many years as a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Leader and served as treasurer for day camps at Camp Mamie Flynn and also served as treasurer of the majorette group Penny’s Prancers of which her daughter was a member. She was a member of Logan Chapter No. 60 of Order of Eastern Star for several years. She was a long time active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Logan where she was a member of Circle No. 2 and was one of the original volunteers, along with her husband, when the Food Pantry was organized at the church. She also taught Sunday School for many years. Phyllis was a loyal life time member of the Logan Regional Medical Center Auxiliary for many years where she volunteered numerous hours at the front desk, gift shop, fourth floor desk and was assistant treasurer for several years. Phyllis was a great pianist and her love of music and playing piano was often the center of attention at family gatherings, especially on holidays.
Survivors include her daughters, Lisa M. Conner of Victory Point and Lynn (David) Alderman of Summerville, S.C.; three granddaughters, Rebecca Alderman, Holly Alderman and Danielle Alderman, and two great-grandchildren, Jessica Alderman and Andrew Washington, all of Summersville; two sisters, Vivian (Charles) Smith of Stollings and Sue Hyatt of Peterstown; one brother-in-law, James L. (Dorothy) Conner of Columbus, Ohio; one special sister-in-law, Pauline Conner Williams Fortune of Stollings; several nieces, nephews and other relatives plus numerous dear and devoted friends.
A special thanks is extended to Dignity Hospice and wonderful care givers, Mary LeMaster, Lavon Muncy and Nita Morgan.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 20, at James Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Craven officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Dignity Hospice or your favorite charity.
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of the arrangements.