Leatha Iris Conway, 91, of Coleman, Texas and long-time Orange resident, died Tuesday, December 14, at Holiday Hill Nursing Home in Coleman. A visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Orange. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Margaret Desmond officiating. Burial will follow at the Parish Cemetery under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home.

She was born Leatha Iris Richardson on Tuesday, March 25, 1919 in Woodrow, Hardin County, Texas, a daughter of John Henry Richardson and Sallie Gertrude Freasier Richardson. She grew up in Silsbee where she graduated in 1937 as Valedictorian. She attended Sam Houston Normal Institute in Huntsville.

On December 23, 1939 she married Marell W. Conway at her Aunt Gussie’s house in Woodrow and they would have celebrated their 71st anniversary next week. Following their marriage, they resided in Little Cypress where Iris was a homemaker and an excellent seamstress, sewing wedding gowns, dance recital costumes and prom dresses.

Iris loved to visit new places and traveled extensively. She was a member and docent of First Presbyterian Church in Orange and taught an Adult Sunday School class for many years. She was involved in many other activities of the church and every Sunday wore a fresh flower to church from her own garden.

In 2005 their home in Little Cypress was extensively damaged by Hurricane Rita at which time they moved to Coleman to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Tom Burns. While living in Coleman, Iris faithfully attended First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Marell Conway of Coleman; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Tom Burns of Coleman; one granddaughter, Ginny and husband Bill Bultman of Snow Mass Village, Colorado; one great-grandson, William Bultman of Snow Mass Village, Colorado; two sisters, Elaine Peveto and husband Jerald of Orange, Trudy Ericson and husband Carl of Hilltop Lakes; two sisters-in-law, Zelma Sherman and Betty Conway both of Orange.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 500 W. Liveoak, Coleman, Texas 76834 or the Presbyterian Soup Kitchen, c/o First Presbyterian Church in Orange.

Please sign her on-line guestbook at ww.livingmemorials.com.