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Dortha Lee Conley

Dortha (Donna) Conley A pillar of faith and a safe haven for her family, Donna Conley knew that her strength was not her own. She credited all good things in this life and all her hope for the future to the steadfast love of the Lord and clung to the promise of His unending mercies and great faithfulness. (Lam. 3:21-26) On August 28, 1943, Donna was born in the small historic town of Salyersville, Kentucky. With twelve siblings, there were plenty of opportunities to learn about self-sacrifice, hard work, and family devotion, values she kept for the rest of her life. Donna’s family moved to Michigan when she was a child. It was there that she met the love of her life, Wally Conley. Together they traveled to many places around the world and wintered in Florida, but she always said, “There’s no place like home.” During their sixty years of marriage, they shared all of life’s joys and sorrows. In business, as in all other ways, they were a perfect team, working at Farnsworth Chevrolet and Oldsmobile and then running their own lawn and garden equipment stores in Plainwell and Kalamazoo until retirement. They raised two children and created a place on their farm for family to grow up among meadows, woods, and creeks. Donna saw motherhood as her greatest honor. When grandchildren began to arrive, she loved nothing more than spending time with them, and great grandchildren multiplied her joy. Her hope in life and death was that she belonged to her Savior Jesus Christ, and her greatest desire was for everyone in her life to know that same hope. Donna now sees fully the truth of Job 19:25-26: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.” Donna died on Thursday, January 14, 2021, in Martin, Michigan, at peace and surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings. She is survived by her husband, Wallace Conley; two children, Christopher Conley of Otsego, Michigan, and Lori (Daniel) Torres of Martin, Michigan; five grandchildren: Tara (Joel) Light, Jacob (Karen) Torres, Kaitlyn (Jordan) Smith, Destri Conley (Sam Garrison), and Kail Conley; and nine great grandchildren: Bennett, Hudson, Phoebe, Ava, Carter, Grayson, Nova, Summer, and Emile. A private graveside service will be held at East Martin Cemetery on January 18, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northbridge Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ________________________________________ Donations: Northbridge Church 8824 Douglas Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49009 https://northbridge-church.churchcenter.com/giving While visiting Dortha’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall & Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080 (269-685-5881).

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Always the last to tell of my love :heartbeat: for Donna and Wally.Donna and I grew up being best friends and sisters in the Lord. She was was the best friend anyone could ever have. When they went to Indiana for a year for Wally's work it was the loneliest year. We had a good time fellowshiping in the Lord. My heart is always going to be broken because she went to Heaven before me. Love :cupid: you Donna. See you soon :blush:. Leilanii

Leilanii Rose Gruber Oct 25 2021 4:27 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Donnas passing. Wally and Donna were clients of the office I worked in. They made me feel like we were friends as well as clients. They were the nicest couple you could ever meet. Their love for each other and their family was very evident. If we happened to see each other outside the office , they always had a minute to talk. I havent seen Donna or Wally in quite some time but I feel honored to know them. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who knew her. My prayers to her entire family.

Sandy Brink Jan 24 2021 11:48 AM

Donna and Wally lived across the street from us here in Bradenton . Both very nice and God Fearing people . We will miss Donna and her Family .. Fred & Anna Condra 204 Bolivia Blvd Bradenton. Fl...

FRED CONDRA Jan 23 2021 2:09 PM

What can I say about this wonderful woman that anybody doesnt know already. She was,no,is my best friend. Donna and I have been friends since 6th or 7th grade. We were attached at the hip ever since. Over 60 year. We were born in the same month only 26 days apart, and got married 9 days apart in June, only 2 years apart. We had a lot of fun times down in FL in the winter. The hardest time for me was the year Wally took a job down in IN for a year. I thought I would never see her again. I know Ill see her again in Heaven and we will be reunited. I love :heart: you Donna and you will be missed til the Lord comes for us.

Leilanii Gruber Jan 19 2021 8:04 PM

So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She was always so kind and caring. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Matt and Deb Hunt Jan 18 2021 3:44 PM

Walley and Lori and family I am so very sorry about your loss a very beautiful person inside and out Jane Mena

Jane Mena Jan 18 2021 12:45 PM

What a lovely lady! She will be so missed by her family and friends. May lots of fond memories comfort them. God bless...Mary Hinds

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