McConkey, Lois M. 1927-2019

ALBANY, Mo. - Lois Marie McConkey, 92, of Albany, passed away Nov. 24, 2019, at Riverside Nursing Home, in St. Joseph.

She was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Albany, to Raymond W. and Ora M. (Pierce) Wharton.

Lois spent her early years attending the Albany school systems.

Lois married Charles M. McConkey, March 26, 1947, after his return from World War II.

She was employed by the Albany Hospital as a licensed practical nurse for over 30 years, retiring to her home on West Canady.

When her husband passed in 1982, she continued to reside at West Canady. By the late 1990s, she then moved to Albany Estates.

Lois was extremely active with her immediate and extended families.

She is survived by: her daughter, Cheryl L. Bird, married to COL (Ret) David O. Bird, Amelia Island, Florida; and her son, Wayne W. McConkey, and his wife, Betty L. McConkey, of Moberly, Missouri.

A son, James R. McConkey, predeceased her.

Surrounded by five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren, brought much joy to Lois.

She could be seen having lunch locally, or in Bethany, every Sunday with her friend for numerous years, Kenny McConkey.

They also traveled the United States extensively.

She was an active member of the first Baptist Church.

Lois always had a ready smile.

Her time spent at the Albany Hospital was most rewarding in her ability to assist in the care of the many patients that she came in contact with and knew and loved. Lois was described by many as a very sweet lady.

Memorial service: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany.

Inurnment will follow in the Carmack Cemetery, Albany.

Online condolences: As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.