Martha Sue Craddock Conly

Martha Sue Craddock Conly was born on February 24, 1928, in Midland, Texas to Cliff Perry Craddock and Mildred Viola Taylor Craddock. Sue is from the pioneer Craddock family that settled in Andrews County in the late 1800's; her grandfather William Thomas Craddock was the first sheriff of Andrews County. Sue's family ranched in Gaines County and New Mexico before moving to Lubbock. Sue was the second of seven children. She was reared in Gaines County, graduated from Lubbock High School in 1945 and attended Texas Technological College (Texas Tech University). She returned to Midland in 1950. In 1953, her sister and brother-in-law, Lela and Bill Midkiff, introduced her to Bert Conly on a blind date which began a sixty plus year romance. They married on July 10, 1954 in Hobbs New Mexico and celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary earlier this year. It was family lore that Sue lost a bet and had to pay for the marriage license, which she always said was the best $10 she ever spent. That tradition continued on with her son and her granddaughter. Based all accounts of classmates, they were in the same 6th grade class in Midland Texas. Sue resided in Midland most of her life after 1950 except for a ten year period when she and Bert lived in Corpus Christi and Houston, returning to Midland in 1981. While in Corpus Christi, they enjoyed deep sea fishing and their boat, the Sioux C, was named for her. She was a member of the prestigious Ocean Drive Garden Club. Together, Sue and Bert enjoyed many things including their dance clubs, serving as officers on several occasions; and all events at the Haley Library, especially the cowboy stories. She served as President of the Midland County Republican Women and was active in the Easter Seals. Bert always said that she had great intuition about people and she was rarely wrong when he asked her opinion of a potential business partner or associate. He said she could always tell the "good ones." Sue was Bert's beautiful and faithful companion and soul mate. Sue was an elegant, humorous and strong West Texas woman. She loved times with her family and friends, holiday gatherings, her town, her state and her country. Sue was a supportive and kind wife, mother and grandmother. We will miss her good advice and strong direction. At this time of Thanksgiving, we are abundantly thankful for her life, the people she touched and happiness she brought us. Now she is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; please join us in a hearty thanksgiving remembrance. Survivors include her husband, Albert Raymond Conly of Midland, Texas; sons, Albert Shannon Conly and wife Jeanie of Dallas, Texas and Gary Wayne Conly (Deceased February 26, 1978); parents, Cliff Perry Craddock of Andrews, Texas (deceased) and Mildred Viola Taylor Craddock of Andrews, Texas (deceased); brothers: Thomas Joe Craddock (deceased), Will Edwin Craddock and wife Sue Ann Craddock of Deming, New Mexico; sisters: Lela Mae Craddock Midkiff (deceased) and husband Bill Midkiff (deceased), Jean Craddock Fitzhugh (deceased) and husband Sam Fitzhugh(deceased), Mary Jane Craddock Maddux and husband Richard Maddux of Los Angeles, California, Margret Ann Craddock Long of Carthage ,Texas; grandchildren: Shannon Leigh Conly Gozal and husband Joaquin Gozal of Salta, Argentina Kendall Marie Conly of Dallas, Texas, Lindsey Briscoe Berg and husband Aaron Berg of Denver, Colorado and Mark Briscoe of Dallas, Texas. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews who included them in the Midkiff (Pete, Cindy and Tim) and Fitzhugh (Pat, Eric and Larie) family events which she enjoyed immensely and Debbie Conly Kemp and husband David Kemp of Midland, Texas and Andye Conly who stayed in constant contact. Sue and Bert wanted to make a difference for young people seeking an education and established the Conly Family Endowed Scholarship at Hardin Simmons University. Sue truly loved receiving letters from the scholarship recipients each year. The family requests that interested parties support the Scholarship program by sending memorials to the Conly Family Endowed Scholarship, c/o Mike Hammack, 2200 Hickory, Box 16100, Abilene, Texas 79698. Family visitation will be Friday, November 29, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Ellis Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:00am at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, 1412 West Illinois, Midland, Texas. Online condolences may be offered at

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Ellis Funeral Home
801 Andrews Highway Midland, TX 79701
(432) 683-5555

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2013