Mae Merrill Conley, 93, of Morganton, NC, died Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Morganton Long Term Care following a period of declining health. She was born August 21, 1914 in Buncombe County, NC, and was a daughter of the late Luther H. Merrill and Melissa Ross Merrill Adams. Mae was a charter member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church, and had worked for Morganton Hosiery for over 64 years.She is survived by a son, Jim Conley and wife, Donna "Dodie", of Greenwood, SC; grandchildren, Jim Conley, Jr., and wife, Deborah, Scott Conley and wife, Amy, and Robin Conley Templeton, and husband, Robbie; great grandchildren, Caitlin, Sydney, Chris, and Charron Conley, and Rett, Reed, and Ryan Templeton; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, M. "Ed" Conley; brothers, Ralph and Shannon Merrill; and sisters, Margaret Kettleson and Catherine Adams Poteat.Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2008 at St. Matthews United Methodist Church with Rev. Allen P. Boliek officiating. A private family graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 201 Shady Rest Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or to a charity of personal choice. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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