The Billings Outpost

Wilma Leona Dougherty Conley

Wilma Leona Dougherty Conley, 101, who had been a cook at Deaconess Hospital in Havre, died March 27, 2013, at Horizon Hospice Home in Billings.

She was born on a farm near Guernsey, Iowa, on July 28, 1911, the sixth child and fourth daughter of Lee Robert and Esther Jeanette (Sanders) Dougherty.

She attended school in Guernsey, then her family moved in her junior year to Brooklyn, Iowa, where she graduated in 1928 from Brooklyn High School. She worked at various jobs before moving to Malcom, Iowa, where she married Clark Vernon Fogel.

The family moved to Havre in 1941, and the marriage ended in 1943. She and the children returned briefly to Iowa, then she came back to Havre to marry Paul Henry Conley in 1944. He died of cancer in 1959.

When her children were gone and left home, she started work as a cook at Deaconess Hospital. She retired there in 1974, then cooked at the Havre Senior Center until 1982.

She was active in Van Orsdel Methodist Church and ran the kitchen there for a few years. She was Worthy Grand Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star in 1974-75.

In addition to cooking, she also loved sewing and crocheting.

Survivors include children, Don of Havre, Jim of Centerville, Del., Joan Gaspard of Pensacola, Fla., and Colleen Wright of Billings; two stepdaughters, Florence Kline and Pauline Wilson; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six stepgrandsons; and five great-great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.

Services were April 1 at Hope United Methodist Church, with a luncheon afterward. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

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