Surrounded by her loving family, Vaughn Jean (Briggs) Conley of Greene Township was called to heaven on February 1, 2024 at the age of 96. Born on October 6, 1927, she had many loves including birds, roses, books, ceramics and the simple country life.

The ultimate love of her life, however, was Richard J. Conley, who patiently waited to be reunited with her just inside heaven’s gates. They were married on September 23, 1950 after meeting at the General Telephone Company and had 4 daughters. The Conley family were long-time members of St. Boniface Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Haynes and Sadie Holder Briggs, her only sister Norma Hyde, and her sons-in-law Darrel Zonna and Richard Chilcott.

She is survived by her daughters: Debbie Chilcott, Kim (Don) Boetger, Koreen Zonna and Kecia (Mike) Little; 11 grandchildren: Tara (Patrick) Durkin, Josh Shoop, Katina (Mike) Boetger-Hunter, Adam Shoop, Katie (Brad) Holuta, Ashley Little (engaged to James Williams), Kristin “Kissy Girl” Boetger, Rebecca (Paul) Pollard, Brandon Shoop, Donny (Stephen) Boetger, Nichole (Joel) Bridges, Olivia Little (engaged to Nathan Hartless) and 14 great-grandchildren.

This spitfire of a gal will forever be fondly remembered with every cup of tea, piece of toast or the taste of the perfect apple pie crust.

Friends are welcomed at St. Boniface Parish, 9367 Wattsburg Road, Erie on Monday from 10:00am until time of the funeral Mass at 11:00am officiated by Rev. Marc Stockton. Burial will be in Mount of Olives Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Presque Isle Audubon Society.

When I have gone on, do not grieve, for I have lived many years. And if I’m lucky, and God agrees, He will let me sit on a cloud and swing on a star and soar with the hawks. Maybe He will let me stand at the end of the swamp in early spring and listen to the peepers, for then they won’t hear my footsteps and fall silent. Perhaps I can sit in the top of a very tall tree and watch the katydids as they serenade autumn. And I’ll run with the fox and the deer through the pasture and the woods and the fields, if I’m lucky and God agrees…

As Vaughn would say… “Love y’all…”