Edith D. Conley, 91, nurse and community volunteer


Edith D. Conley, a community volunteer and former nurse, died of pneumonia Dec. 28 at Charlestown Retirement Community, where she had lived for the past 13 years. The former North Baltimore resident was 91.

The former Edith Martina DeYoung said in a biographical sketch she prepared several years ago, "I was born in a log house in Appalachia where my father was an itinerant minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, serving three stations at Grayhawk, McKee and Annville, Ky., the area of the Hatfields and McCoys."

She earned a bachelor's degree at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a nursing degree from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital's School of Nursing. She then became a head nurse and later nursing instructor at its neurological institute from 1939 to 1941.

In 1943, she married Dr. C. Lockard Conley, and they moved to North Baltimore after World War II.

Mrs. Conley joined the Govans Presbyterian Church, where she was twice president of its women's association and was a Brownie Girl Scout leader.

She was president of the Johns Hopkins University Women's Club from 1971 to 1973, and also had served as president and a board member of the old Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital.

A member of the Baltimore Symphony Associates, she was an usher at children's concerts. For more than 30 years she was a driver for Meals on Wheels and a reader at the Maryland School for the Blind.

As a member of the Maryland Ornithological Society, she led bird walks at Cylburn Arboretum for children and adults from 1964 to 1992.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, on Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Jean Alexander of Silver Spring and Dr. Anne Weaver of Montague, Mass.; a sister, Anne DeYoung of Rochester, N.Y.; and two granddaughters.

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