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September 15, 2012

Wilma Louise Keatley Conner

PRINCETON — Wilma Louise Keatley Conner, 91, of Old Athens Road, Princeton, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at her residence.

Born  Oct. 18, 1920, at Scarbro, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Oather C. Keatley and Ethel D Pennington. Being the oldest in her family, she “mothered” five brothers who affectionately called her “Em”. Mrs. Conner graduated from Princeton High School in 1938 prior to joining the Women's Army Corps in 1942. She served in Washington, D.C., gathering information on the weather conditions in Japan. She and  Hubert Conner were married while both were on leave in 1943. She was honorably discharged in 1945 and graduated from Little French Beauty School in 1946. After 1949, she devoted her life to her family and church, Melrose Presbyterian. She always enjoyed serving her friends and neighbors with her beautician skills. Visitors were always welcomed with “Can I get you something to eat?”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Conner and three brothers, Bill Keatley, Lawrence “Buck” Keatley, Charles Keatley.

Survivors include her children, Gary Conner (Carolyn) of Winfield, W.Va., Kevin Conner (Diane) of Vinton, Va.; two brothers, Bob Keatley of Norristown, Pa., Tom Keatley of Princeton; six grandchildren, Joe Ross, Danielle, Jordan, Ian, Matt Conner and Brenna Conner Mitchell; four great-grandbabies; and special caregivers, Idena Mitchell and Robin Rumberg (daughter-in-law).

Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Melrose Presbyterian Church on Eads Mill Road in Princeton with Pastor Tracy French officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road.

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The Conner family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

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