Born: Sat., Jul. 12, 1930
Died: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

Funeral Service

Thu., Jul. 12, 2018
Location: Congregational United Church of Christ

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Bonnie Jean Holberg Conley passed away peacefully in Casper, Wyoming on Monday, February 13, 2018 at the age of 87 years, bringing to a close a long and fulfilling life.  Our heartfelt thanks go those kind souls at Life Care who helped her through her final years.

Born in Crawford, Nebraska, Bonnie was the first of four children born to Grace Irene (Ellis) and (Ralph) Elmer Holberg.  She spent most of her childhood in Douglas, Wyoming where her father was a practicing Chiropractor for many years.  She is survived by two brothers: Benjamin Holberg (wife Sally deceased), Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Birney and wife Sally (Snyder) Holberg, of Cody Wyoming, as well as twenty-two amazing nieces and nephews and three wonderful grandchildren.  Her sister, Beatrix M.(Holberg) Hafenbrack passed away in 1978.

Bonnie received her training to become a Registered Nurse at Saint Luke's Hospital, in Denver, Colorado, where she also met her future husband, Curtis Dean Conley.  The couple shared a love of music, adventure and the great outdoors.  They married and had a family and, once Curt had completed his PHD in Geology at the University of Wyoming, they moved to North Africa with their four young children: Charlotta Claire (Mckufke), Matthew Curtis, Jonathan Daniel and Amelia Christine.  Bonnie adapted quickly to the new environment, and traveled throughout Europe and Scandinavia as well.  She was a skilled writer and shared her wonderful adventures with friends and family through her many cards and letters.

Bonnie gave her all to everything she did.  She had a strong sense of civic duty and as a member of the Red Cross, worked and/or volunteered in every community she was a part of, in the United States and overseas.  She was one of the first to start recycling in the early ‘70’s when the family later lived in Lawrence, Kansas, and was always ready and willing to help students and their families who came from countries around the world to study at the University of Kansas.  She took classes as well, and later went on to earn a Masters in Public Education and Gerontology at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.  Bonnie eventually moved back to Douglas to care for her aging mother until Grace passed away at the venerable age of ninety-eight.

Bonnie loved to sing and was a member of her church choir wherever she happened to be.  She had an eye for beauty and loved to get out and see the world, learning what she could about the history of any given location.  She made a special effort to support local artists of all kinds and enjoyed theater and musical performances as well.  She always had a clean and lovely home, and was ever prepared, both physically and mentally, for just about anything.  Bonnie struck out on her own after her children were grown, moving to Paulo Alto, California before heading back to the Rockies, which she dearly loved.

You may have read in the paper recently about a diary/scrapbook that was purchased at an antique store in Buffalo, Wyoming by a woman from Story, Wyoming who so kindly searched until she found the owner: Bonnie Holberg.  Bonnie’s niece Katie serendipitously noticed a query on Facebook and Katie's folks, Birney and Sally, retrieved the rather large folio, taking it and a bundle of good memories to a thankful and surprisingly responsive Bonnie.  We are so grateful to everyone who made this possible as it brought Bonnie's life full circle in such a beautiful way: That Wyoming sense of decency and caring that she so beautifully expresses in her early writings seems a bright thread that can be clearly traced through the fabric of her entire life.

Some may be thinking that this does not sound like the Bonnie they knew, and it's fair to say that she had an aspect to her that seemed almost as dark as the other was bright.  We‘ll likely never know from whence this came, but her unrelenting effort to let the good shine through in her choices and actions was truly admirable.
We are planning a memorial service for Bonnie on her birthday, July 12, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Douglas.  A notice will be published in the Douglas Budget a week or two before the service, with the specific time and location included.  Any and all are welcome to attend.

Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
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Owen L Toth
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
What a wonderful lady. I did not know Ms Conley. I hope to learn more about her contributions to life. Sincere condolences to her family, children, relatives and friends.

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