Mary Ethel Conner, 92, of Spencer

Mary Ethel Conner, 92, of Spencer, WV passed away suddenly on April 24, 2020 at her home.

Mary was born in Handley, WV on December 1st, 1927 to to William and Lennie Jackson of Montgomery, WV. She was preceded in death by her parents and nine brothers and sisters. She was the last of her immediate family.

She was married to Charles Ray Conner Sr., a 24 yr. USAF veteran. They shared a life-long love affair. Mary had 15 children and was preceded in death by her husband Charles, daughter Virginia, and sons Bruce, Terry (survived by daughter Melissa and son Kevin) and Mark (survived by sons Bruce, Justin and Paul).

Mary’s living daughters are Linda (son Sean); Lennie (husband John, daughter Megan); Charlene (daughters Margaret and Mary, sons James and Joey); Elizabeth (husband Bill, son Ryan and daughter Jenna); Janet (son Chaz); Shelley (husband Greg, son Spencer, daughters Nicole and Josselin) and Cassandra (husband Ray). Surviving sons are Chuck (son Kane and daughter Kara); Bill, Jimmy (wife Lucy, daughters Jamie and Jessica); and Gary (daughter Lindsay and sons Brandon, Caleb and Zachary). Mary had 25 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was a lifelong at home working mother, caring for her small tribe in the best way she knew, giving love and support to each.

She had lived in Montgomery, WV, Chatearoux, France, Rapid City, SD, Fairbanks, Alaska, Everett, WA, and Trenton New Jersey and a few places in between.

She most enjoyed her life when around her children and grandchildren while cooking and caring for them. Mom always put her children's needs and wants ahead of her own. She'll always be with us in the values she taught us and the love she gave endlessly. She loved to garden, travel and read.

One of the great joys of her life was the annual Jackson/Conner Family Reunion, where she could reunite with all of her family, share stories, hugs and laughter, and make new memories.

In light of the current pandemic we know that we are not alone in having to lay a loved one to rest without the "normal" grieving process of family around us.

Mary will be laid to rest next to our father in a small private ceremony at Montgomery Memorial Gardens. In her memory please reach out and help someone in need in these very difficult times.

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