Gertrude M. Conaway
Gertie Conaway, 91 was reunited with her loving husband John of 67 years on February 14, 2014, Valentine’s Day. Gertie was born on March 1st, 1922 in Carbondale, Colorado. She was the second daughter of Freda and Oliver Bowles who lived for many years in Carbondale, and on a ranch up the Frying Pan and were part of the Bowles family who were long-time owners and operators of Wood’s Lake also on the Frying Pan. She is the granddaughter of John and Mary Warkentine who came to Aspen in 1880. Her cousin, Jim Markalunas, still resides in Aspen.
Her family moved to San Diego County in 1929 where she met and wed her husband John in 1942. They raised their four daughters in El Cajon where they built their home in 1945. Gertie was a devoted wife, a caring and supportive mother and loving grandmother and great-grandmother. Her faith sustained her, particularly when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 35 years ago. She was an accomplished artist and painter right up until the time of her death. She is survived by her four daughters: Julie Alexander (Larry), Wanda Wingler, Susan Cline and Coleen Ninteman (Luke), seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held March, 1st at the Alpine Cemetery in Alpine, California. Memorial contributions towards Gertie’s mission to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease may be made to UC Regents for Dr. Song’s Discretionary Research in Parkinson’s, 9500 Gilman Drive, MC0662, La Jolla, CA. 92093-0662
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