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Mary Ida Conn


Mary Ida Conn, 96, of Macomb, died Thursday, June 6, at the Silvercrest, Anamosa, Iowa.


She was born March 27, 1913, at home in the Clayton area to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde and Martha Mattee Marrow.

She married Ronald K. Conn in Burlington, Iowa. on June 9, 1934.  He preceded her in death Aug. 20, 1976.

She is survived by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Terri McMullen, Larra and Lane; Mrs. Shirley Benson (Simpkins) and her children, Doug and Lauri; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Stambaugh and Deb Stambaugh.

She was named after both grandmothers and went by both names, Mary and Ida.

She attended schools in the Colchester area and would tell the story about riding her pony to school and getting bucked off in the mud.

 She received her teaching degree from Western State Teachers College, now known as Western Illinois University. She taught in rural schools in the Colchester and Good Hope areas. She retired from the Good Hope Elementary in the 1960's, where she had been teaching intermediate grades.

Upon retiring, she taught

piano and organ lessons at the Hammond, a very much a part of her life.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Macomb, Illinois where she served many years at the organist and pianist.

She was Past Great

Noble of the Rebekah Lodge, where she, also, served a term as the State Musician. Music, again, brought her to Y.M.C.A. Senior Choir, where she served as the pianist, which she greatly enjoyed.

She belonged to the

Illinois Retired Teachers Association, McDonough County Chapter.

She had a deep love for her friends in and around the Macomb area.

However, when her health began to fail, she moved to Silvercrest in

Anamosa, Iowa on June 15, 2007, to be near her "family" who cared for

and loved her.

She soon became a part of the Silvercrest community andwhile she was able she would share her music with the residents and staff.  Silvercrest soon became a new family to her.  However, she always wanted to come back to Macomb one more time - Now she has.

A celebration of her return and her life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the First Baptist Church, Macomb, with the Rev. Walley Holt, officiating.

Her family will meet with friends 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester after 9 a.m. Monday.

Burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Colchester.

A Rebekah service will be held at the graveside following services at

the church Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to the First

Baptist Church of Macomb, The Rebekah Lodge, Macomb, Y.M.C.A. Senior Center, or Silvercrest of Anamosa, Iowa. 


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