Dorothy N. Conaway, 94, of Ridge, N.Y., died November 28, at Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y., surrounded by her family and friends. One of eight beautiful girls, she was the third child of Elmer and Ottilie (Orzech) Norris on May 10, 1924 in Berwyn, Md. She was the beloved wife of the late Roy W. Conaway.
Her children and their spouses, Linda and Bert Parsloe of Sandy Hook, Carol and Michael Genua of Shoreham, N.Y., and Jerry and Sharon Conaway of Mount Sinai, N.Y.; two sisters, Evelyn Dent of Frederick, Md., and Alverta “Bert” Kennedy and her husband, Ken Kennedy, of Silver Springs, Md.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Jaime and Dr. Louis DeCaro of Florence, Mass., Carissa and Shaun Brady of Volente, Texas, Matthew and Nicole Genua of Islip Terrace, N.Y., and Veronica Parsloe of Naugatuck; and three great-grandchildren survive her. She loved the companionship of her schnauzer, cat, and canary.
Five of her sisters, Amelia Streeks, Mary Hollidge, Esther Bucci, Blanche Lucille Caruso, and Audrey Durkin, predeceased her.
Mrs Conaway, known as “Dot” or “Dottie”, graduated in 1942 from the McKinley High School in Washington, DC. She went to work for TWA as a secretary. She spotted Roy, a new pilot for TWA, and thought he looked like Tyrone Power. They were married June 8, 1945 in Washington, DC.
She was an active member of the Lutheran Church wherever she lived, serving on altar guilds. She also was an active volunteer for the AHRC, the March of Dimes, and the Farmingdale Public Library.
Mrs Conaway was known for her expertise at doing crossword puzzles, doing math in her head, bowling, golfing, making lists, entering contests, doing the lindy with her daughters, and always being there for her family and friends. She was a full-time, very involved mom. She loved playing cards, especially hearts, or board games with her family; she never missed her soap operas, and was an avid collector of green stamps, coins, and coupons. She was also an excellent bowler and her house was full of trophies.
Since Roy was also a builder, he had built a lovely home with a swimming pool where they entertained friends all summer. She traveled with her family across the United States and made trips to Ireland, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong, and Hawaiian Islands.
In 1974, she and Roy moved to Yukon, Okla., to a golf community. Her first week in the new house in Oklahoma, a tornado hit the house and broke through the dining room window and flooded the room. After moving several times, they settled in a new home on a golf course in Spring Hill, Fla. She golfed up to age 85 and was an especially good putter. In 2010, she moved from Florida to Ridge, N.Y., to be near her children in New York and Connecticut.
When she took ill and was hospitalized, she would repeat “I need to be home for Thanksgiving,” and she was. Her home was filled with her family. Her goal in life was to make it to her 100th birthday.
The family will be forever grateful to her caregiver, Luisa Olmedo, for her love, kindness, strength, and loyalty she gave to Mrs Conaway.
Visiting hours are Wednesday, December 5, from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm, at the O.B. Davis Funeral Home in Miller Place, N.Y., with a service planned for 8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church — ELCA, 716 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778 or online at thefishchurch.com.
To leave a message of condolence, visit dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/miller-place-ny/dorothy-conaway-8072174.
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