Nellie L. Conroe, 86, of Radcliff, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.
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Nellie is a native of Laurel County and has been in Hardin County since 1956. She was a graduate of Sue Bennett College and Campbellsville University. She began her teaching experience at Laurel County, moving to the Army Education Center at Fort Knox and then to Hardin County Schools teaching at Rineyville Elementary, Radcliff Elementary and on to Parkway Elementary, where she retired as primary coordinator and curriculum head teacher in 1977. Besides her career in teaching, she was a real estate agent and sales and building coordinator for C & C Homes Inc., a business she and her husband had together in Radcliff.
Mrs. Conroe received many awards and recognitions over her lifetime. She joined Mill Creek Baptist Church in 1963 and taught Sunday school there for many years. Other memberships include Order of the Eastern Star, where she held the position of chaplain; Lincoln Trail Home Builders Auxiliary, where she was president from 1978 to 1979; a life member of the Kentucky Congress of Parents and Teachers Inc.; Elizabethtown-Hardin County-LaRue County Retired Teachers Association, NEA, KEA, HEA and the honorable Kentucky Colonels. She was recognized by The Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America.
Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Jackie E. Conroe; her parents, Samuel and Ella Gilbert; and her siblings, Lillian Gilbert Magee, Joseph Gilbert, Bertha Gilbert Burnett, Nathan Gilbert and James Martin Gilbert.
She is survived by two children, Barry Conroe and his wife, Sherri, of Sachse, Texas, and Darlene Russell and her husband, Marvin, of Williamsburg, Va.; and three grandchildren, Emily Marie Conroe, Ryan Gil-bert Conroe and Christopher Nash-Gilbert Russell.
The funeral is at noon Thursday at Mill Creek Baptist Church in Radcliff with the Rev. Faron Knopp officiating. Burial follows in North Hardin Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues at 10 a.m. Thursday at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Mill Creek Baptist Church or the
Condolences may be expressed at www.nebfh.com.
Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home
2072 S. Dixie Blvd. Radcliff, KY 40160
Published in The News-Enterprise on Apr. 22, 2014