Della Conner

Della Fern Conner, 90, of San Jose, Calif., died Oct. 15, 2007, at her home.

She was born Oct. 31, 1916, in rural Astoria, a daughter of Newton and Pearl Gould Derry. She married Lavon Parr on Dec. 23, 1933. He died Dec. 28, 1959. She later married Harvey Conner in 1963. He died in 1998.

She also was preceded in death by two sons, Larry and Ronnie Parr; six brothers, Ben (and Mary), Willis (and Doris), Vernon, Otis, Bernard and Donald Derry; one sister, Darlene (and Russell) Waggoner; one stepmother, Edith Parr Derry; three stepsisters; and two stepbrothers.

Surviving is one daughter, Mary Ellen Parr Hubbard of Santa Cruz, Calif.; one sister, Dorothy Brillhart of Astoria; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family moved from Illinois to California in the late 30s, living in various northern California cities during the years.

She was a member of Mission Valley Church of Fremont, Calif., where a memorial service was held Oct. 27.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/7/2007