Ila Maxine Conner, 83, Nevada, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the Nevada Regional Medical Center. Ila was born on March 27, 1939 in Eads, CO, to Riley and Elsie Crum. She met the love of her life, Bobby Gene Conner, and they were married on June 1, 1957 in Nevada, MO. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2007. Bob preceded her in death in 2008 shortly after their 51st anniversary.
Ila came with her family from CO to Milo, MO in 1946. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1957. Ila’s life revolved around her family and her love for children. She enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s events and was their #1 fan during sporting events. She also watched kids in her home for 44 years. In 2007 with an interview with a grandchild for a school project, Ila stated, “When I am no longer here, I want to be remembered by loving all kids and being a great mom, grandma, and great-grandma”.
Survivors include her seven children; Rodney Conner (Tammy), Hernando, FL, and Diane Gilmore (Jerry), Rick Conner, Deb Kimbrough (Jeff), Ronnie Conner (Emma), Robby Conner, and Roger Conner (Robin), all of Nevada, MO; 18 grandchildren and 30 great- grandchildren; one sister, Minnie Gash, Moundville, MO; 5 sisters-in-law, Evelyn Crum, Pooler, GA, Kay Overton, Nevada, MO, Vickie Rice ( Jim), Irwin, MO; Sharon Dipman, Sheldon, MO; and Roberta Bigelow, Sheldon, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband, Bob, Ila was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Delbert Crum; two grandchildren, Brantley and Allison, and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in the Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, MO. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 2 from 5:00-7:00p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Sheldon Cemetery in care of Ferry Funeral Home.