BANGOR AND GREENVILLE - Our family lost an incredibly wonderful and loving lady, Priscilla Thompson Conley, 92, when she passed away Nov. 9, 2012 after a period of failing health. She was born Aug. 14, 1920, in Bangor, daughter of the late Ethel Hall Thompson and Ernest Thompson.
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Priscilla spent her younger years in Bangor. Her mother died when she was four years old so Priscilla was raised by her sisters when her father was unable. During her teens she worked as a nanny and graduated from Foxcroft Academy. She married Gene Conley in 1941 and lived in Greenville raising their family, working alongside her husband in their grocery store, propane business and restaurant. An incredible cook, she sold donuts and pies at the grocery store. Sewing was her passion. For years she sewed clothes for herself and her daughter, including her daughter's wedding gown, outfits for dozens of dolls, and sundresses for her granddaughters. In 1985 Priscilla and Gene retired to Old Orchard Beach. Priscilla moved to Bangor in 2001 to be closer to family after her husband's death.
Priscilla is loved by her daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) Donovan and husband, Jack, of Bangor; granddaughter, Karin Tonello and husband, Matthew; great-granddaughter, Sophie Tonello, all of Scarborough; daughter-in-law, Karen Conley of St. Charles, Mo.; granddaughter, Erin Conley; and five great-grandchildren, all of St. Charles, Mo.; granddaughter, Lindsay Quinn of Lake Oswego, Ore. She is also survived by a special niece, Judy Hasey-Nisbett of Monmouth, Heidi Dunn of Gray; and nephew, Jim Aucoin of Bangor; sister-in-law, Rita Conley Hirsch of Weston, Mass.; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband of 59 years, she was predeceased by their son, Jim; as well as her sisters, Josephine Candelari of Bangor, Pearl Hasey of Bangor; brother, Bud Thompson of California, and half brother, Byron Hall of Bangor. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff of Eastside Rehabilitation and Living Center of Bangor for the loving care extended to Priscilla during her stay. In her later years, she had developed a quick wit that endeared everyone to her.
There will be no service at this time. During the summer of 2013, a graveside service for family and friends will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Donations in memory of Priscilla may be made to Eastside Rehabilitation and Living Center, care of Activity Fund, 516 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401.
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 14, 2012