2015-10-01 / Obituaries

Eleanor (Elly) Carney

On Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, the beloved matriarch, Elly, most affectionately known as Granny, went home to be with the Lord. Granny was 84 years young.

Born on June 15, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Elly later moved to Los Angeles, where she and her husband, Al Conver, more warmly known as “Big Dad,” raised her six children.

Elly’s children affectionately remember their mom as a free, fun-loving spirit, a mom who drove them to their daily activities in a VW bug convertible with a St. Bernard in the back seat, a mom who could sew anything, but burn everything she tried to cook (with the exception of homemade cream puffs), and remembered always as a happy, vibrant, beautiful woman who loved family gatherings.

In 1976, Elly would relocate to her beloved Mariposa, where she worked as a dietician for 10 years at John C. Fremont Hospital; where she loved to square dance with the Bootjack Stompers; cared for and loved her dogs and cats as well as any animal that entered her property; and where she continued to hone her amazing seamstress skills. Elly loved to enter her baking and quilting projects in the Mariposa County Fair, where she won numerous awards including best of show for a wedding cake and for several of her masterful quilts.

Elly is survived by her remaining children, Sue Thatcher (Buddy), Rick Oliver (Kathie), John Oliver (Beverly), Robin Sickles (Jim), and Betty Oliver; 13 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren, one great great-grandchild (and counting). Elly was preceded in death by her husband Bud Carney, son Carl Oliver, and grandson Robert Sickles.

Elly will be loved and greatly missed by family, friends and all those who were blessed to know her. On Saturday, Oct. 10 at promptly 2:11 p.m., Elly’s family and friends across the country will release balloons in honor of her memory. For those in Mariposa who would like to join local family in honoring this beautiful woman’s legacy, please join them at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds before 2:00 p.m.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Saint Agnes Hospital staff for their compassionate care of Elly in her final days. If people wish to honor Elly’s memory, in lieu of flowers, please donate to Saint Agnes Home Health and Hospice, 6729 North Willow Ave., Suite 103, Fresno, CA, 93710.

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