Sally Conrey

Published 5:01 pm Thursday, October 16, 2008

She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Jan. 4, 1924, to Clifford Ruskin Wright and Dorothy Gay Wright, sister of Clifford &dquo;Mike&dquo; Jr, Elmer &dquo;Pat,&dquo; and Howard Wright. She became profoundly hard of hearing due to an illness at age 4. Sally attended Rollins College, where she earned a B.A. in English and pledged to Kappa Kappa Gamma. She married Henry Slicer Conrey in 1957. &bsp;

Sally&squo;s adult life was spent as a homemaker and advocate for disability rights. She moved her home from Downingtown, Penn., to North Carolina in 1985, first to Dogwood Cottage in Tryon, and later to Thomasville. She was inexhaustible: a prolific and extravagant gardener, traveler, lover of antiques, collector of recipes, and lady without measure.

She is survived by many, many friends; her beloved dog, Maggie; her daughter Amy Conrey Stevens and granddaughters Olivia and Rachel Stevens of Hubbardston, Mass., and Berkeley, Calif.; her niece Deborah Wright Lecius of Eliot, Maine and her nephew Howard Philbrook Wright of Bellingham, Wash.; her dear friend Beatrice Jameson Dankanich of Downingtown, Penn.; her stepdaughter Ann Conrey Gagnon of Canton, Conn.; and her brother Howard Philbrook Wright Sr. of Southport, Maine. She was predeceased by her husband, her daughter Phebe Conrey King of Cumberland, Maine, and her brothers Pat and Mike. &bsp;

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Memorial services will be held at Unity Place, Piedmont Crossing, Thomasville. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Interment will be in Elmstead, Kent, UK, at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Sally&squo;s memory to North Carolina Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. c/o Deborah Stroud, 10350 Sugarberry Court, Apt. 304, Raleigh, N.C. 27614 or online at

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