Terry Conley

Born: Mon., Aug. 22, 1955
Died: Mon., Mar. 25, 2019


No services to be held


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Terry Ann Conley of Pendleton, Oregon, beloved mother of Nikolas Alexander Conley and loving sister, aunt, grand aunt, and passionate friend to many, died in the wee hours on the morning of Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from chronic complications of  Lupus (SLE) and cancer.

Terry was known for having many deep and bonding friendships throughout Oregon and Washington and touched the lives of many during her short 63 years of life.  She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois on August 22, 1955 to the late Dr. Robert Lee and Nancy Delleneck Conley.  She was a strong and spirited woman who had a love for fine clothes, fashion, and art while also being a Wild Woman of the West, feeling most grounded with cowboy boots on and fishing the Clackamas and Umatilla Rivers.  With her parents and siblings, she was a world-wide traveler, circumventing the entire world and returning in her later years with her son to expose him to the glory of ship travel.  She deeply loved the Caribbean but her heart was grounded in the rugged beauty of Eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains where she spent a lifetime each summer visiting or working at the Bar M Ranch.  Terry is predeceased by her mother and father, and a husband.

Survivors include her son, Nikolas Alexander Conley of Vancouver, Washington;  her brother Mark Joseph Conley of Eugene, Oregon; her sister Janet Esther Tobkin Conley of Parsonsfield, Maine; her sister Linda Elizabeth Swift of Vancouver, Washington; her niece Chloe Jeannine Swift and nephew Lauren Swift of Vancouver, Washington; and her precious Grand niece Aliyah Swift of Vancouver, Washington.  At her request, she had arranged for her body to be donated to the Oregon Health Science University for research and education.

There will be no services or funeral.  Friends and loved ones who wish to honor her memory are invited to donate to the OHSU Doernbecher  Children’s Hospital by visiting their website at https://www.onwardohsu.org/kids.  Those who wish to share stories or pass on condolences to the family are invited to send those via email to  sprinkles@myfairpoint.net where they will be cherished, shared, and bound into a special scrapbook for her beloved son.

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Janet Esther Conley
   Posted Wed March 27, 2019
Dearest Sister,
My heart is broken and I know now you understand how gentle a person I am and the love I have for our Nik We are all working together as family to honor you and network so that all of those you loved and touched know of this great loss of your spirit, strength, uniqueness, and deep love, both soft and hard love. I will be with you soon on the Blue Mountain hills; I know where you will be and you know where I will be. I sing our song "Moon River" with a trying vibrato like we used to do every night - Remember - "SST". I love you. All of your RPHS classmates are learning, and the State of Oregon will have you out there. Your passing will not go unnoticed but felt deeply by all you touched. Love, Janet

Susan Rosell
   Posted Sun March 31, 2019
To the Conley family,
Terry was a dear and welcoming friend to us. We will miss our telephone conversations as well as our visits to La Center while relaxing with a glass of wine. We remember the times Nik entertained us with his card tricks and funny You Tube videos. Many fond memories of fun times. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known her.
Mark and Susan

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