Lena Conger


September 15, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Lena Pearl (Dix) Conger, 83, Iola, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Allen County Hospital.

She was born July 7, 1929, in Savonburg, the daughter of George and Dolly (Miller) Dix. She grew up in Savonburg and attended Bethel School.

In 1947, Lena married Raymond Slife and they had one son, Kenny, before they divorced. In 1951, she married Bennie Williams in Augusta, Ga. They made their home in Bakersfield, Calif., and had one daughter, Edna, before they divorced.

Lena returned to Iola and worked at the L&M Truck Stop, Menegay’s, the Downtowner and sold Sarah Coventry jewelry.

In 1972, she married Ray Conger. They made their home west of Iola on a dairy farm. He preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1998. She then made her home with her daughter.

Lena enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, collecting cookbooks and treasured her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her daughter, Edna Garner, Iola, and son, Ken Slife and wife Judy, Iola, survive, as do her brother, Paul Dix and wife Edna, Humboldt; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Dix, LaHarpe; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Dix.

Visitation will start at 10 a.m. Monday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola before leaving for graveside services at Highland Cemetery in Iola at 11 o’clock.

Online condolences may be sent to www.iolafuneral.com.


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