Funeral services to honor the life of Ethel Lewis "Det" Conger will be held at the Oak Ridge United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2009. Officiating will be the Rev. Judy Bazer and the Rev. Donny Wilkinson.
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Burial will be held at the Oak Ridge Episcopal Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, 1200 Lamy Lane, Monroe. Her family will receive friends at 10 a.m. in the church annex prior to the funeral service.
Det, as she was called by friends, enjoyed life to the fullest and had numerous interests. She loved people of all ages, was an avid reader, and a serious sports fan. She enjoyed gardening and often used the results in her floral arrangements. Det made a point to be knowledgeable regarding politics and voted at every election all of her life. Her zest for traveling resulted in wonderful trips all over the world. One of her greatest pleasures was seeing past students from her years of teaching school in Oak Ridge and Bastrop High Schools.
Det was a very active member of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Daughters of the American Revolution, Pierian Club, Civil War Education Association, State Retired Teachers Association, The Heritage Foundation and the Association for the Preservation of Historical Sites.
Det was born October 24, 1902 in Street, Miss., the descendent of early Mississippi and Louisiana settlers. She graduated from Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss. and did graduate work at the University of Colorado, Boulder. On August 22, 1928, she married William Edwin Conger and moved to Oak Ridge.
Det was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, parents Dr. and Mrs. Henry L. Lewis, three brothers, four sisters, her son-in-law and grandson.
She is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth Conger Craft and Katherine Conger Bain, her son-in-law Troy Bain, and her brother James B. Lewis. Also surviving her are her six grandchildren and their spouses: Edwin Conger Craft Sr. (Lana), Jack Landrum Craft Jr. (Phyllis), Robert Thomas Craft (Jennifer), Douglas Randall Bain (Sonja), Katherine Elizabeth Bain and Deborah Bain Brickley (Jason). She is survived by eight great-grandchildren: Edwin Conger and Lewis Craft; Nicole Craft; Caroline, Katherine and Elizabeth Craft; Jackson Bain; and Leila and Charlotte Brickley. Det also felt very blessed to have many devoted nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jack B. Files, Carter Lewis, William Lewis, Thomas P. Lewis, James B. Lewis, Fenwick Lewis, Michael Lewis, Tommy Rolfe and Dr. Randall White.
Honorary pallbearers will be Andy W. Barham, Robert Barham, Earl Hogan, Dr. Henry Lewis, Dr. Douglas Lewis, Gerald McLendon and Dr. Seaborn Woods.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Oak Woods Home for the Elderly in Mer Rouge and the Agapé Hospice Group in West Monroe for their kind and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 88, Oak Ridge, La., 71264; or the Methodist Children's Home, P.O. Box 929, Ruston, La., 71273.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18, 2009