Wyona Viola Conrad ~ In Our Care ~ September 27, 2023

Wyona “Winnie” Viola Conrad
1929 ~ 2023


Clarksdale, Missouri….Wyona “Winnie” Viola (Esaias) Conrad, left this world to be with the Father, September 27, 2023, at 9:00 p.m. Winnie was born January 29, 1929, in Yorktown, Iowa, to Viola Mae and Emmit Roy Esaias, the third of five children.  Winnie had two older sisters, Chrystal and Deloris, a younger sister, Neva, and younger brother, Norman, all of whom preceded Winnie in death.

Winnie grew up in Iowa, married Joseph Earl Conrad, moved to Wyoming then Colorado with their two children, Cynthia and Ronnie.  In 1954, Winnie and family moved to a cattle ranch in Clarksdale, MO., for many years before retiring to Clarksdale for the remainder of her 94.5 years. She leaves behind two daughters, Cynthia Kay Powers and Renee Darlene Watson-Brockway; seven grandchildren, Wendy, Justin, Jess, Andrew, Andrea, David, and Krista; and 11 great-grandchildren.  Husband Joe and son Ron preceded her in death.

In Winnie’s younger years she worked on a turkey farm removing the feathers and quills, then as a tailor for a dry-cleaning company, and finally a sales associate at J.C. Penney’s in St. Joseph from where she retired.  Winnie loved volunteering for Dekalb County election polls.  She was an avid seamstress sewing many clothes for family and friends. She was most proud of the green drapes she designed that hung in the Clarksdale Methodist Church.

Winnie’s hobby’s included gardening, sewing, crocheting, quilting; much of which included embroidery, making noodles, cinnamon rolls, and baked goods.  She enjoyed music and would sometimes play her father’s concertina when family or friends visited. She would often reminisce about times growing up with her siblings; being chased by a cow only to jump into a barrel which was then pushed down a hill, the siblings thought she was dead.  Another time she was playing on a wagon which was also pushed down a hill only to end up in a pond.  Winnie became terrified of water after that.  She milked cows, raised chickens, and played in the hayloft while spending time with family.  Winnie was very witty and full of life.  Her laugh and smile will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Turner Family Funeral Home in Maysville, Missouri, with burial immediately following at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Joseph, MO.  Family will receive friends from 5:00 ~ 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Care Just For You, LLC. 18177 State Route Z, Cosby, MO. 64436, Mosaic Hospice, or Eastern Star – Dogs on Duty.


8 Responses to “Wyona Viola Conrad ~ In Our Care ~ September 27, 2023”

  1. William Hobbs October 1, 2023 at 6:32 pm #

    Sorry to see this. She worked at Penney’s, at the same time I did. Thoughts and prayers with you, Renee´.

  2. Rita October 2, 2023 at 11:57 am #

    We r so sorry Diana. She was such a sweet person. Rita & Dennis

  3. Rita Hecker October 2, 2023 at 11:57 am #

    We r so sorry Diana. She was such a sweet person. Rita & Dennis

  4. Cathy Leonard Sprague October 3, 2023 at 2:37 am #

    Such a sweet sweet lady. Knew her my entire life. I so enjoyed visiting with Winnie. Her and Joe were just plain ole good people.

  5. Johni October 3, 2023 at 8:50 pm #

    Renee, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Johni October 3, 2023 at 9:10 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Helen McDonald October 4, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

    She will be missed by many. Prayers for her family. She was a great neighbor when we lived in Clarksdale.

  8. Kathy/John Pflugradt October 4, 2023 at 5:43 pm #

    Renee’ and extended family of our Dear Winnie. Our Deepest Sympathy to all. She is a kind, loving sole who always made you feel welcomed at anytime. Her smile and personality will always have a special place in my heart. We had a lot of good times and conversations in years passed with her. Winnie will be solely missed by all who had the pleasure of her company over the years. She’s a Very Special Lady! God Bless each of you! Again, Our condolences in the loss of your Dear Mother!

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