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Obituary: Wilma Jean Conwell, Westport

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Wilma “Jean” (Keith) Conwell, 83, of Westport, went home to be with the Lord on January 17, 2013 at Columbus Regional Hospital. A resident of Westport all her life, Jean enjoyed life to the fullest. Her family always came first.

She was a member of the Westport Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir for many years, also singing in trios, duets and solos. She loved decorating and had helped decorate many homes. She loved doing calligraphy, oil painting, making greeting cards and yes, going to her Canasta Club and just going out to eat with her many friends.

She was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star # 570 and served as Republican Precinct Committeewoman for Sandcreek South for many years. She worked for the Westport Natural Gas Company for 25 years, which she and her husband owned.

She was born near Moscow, Decatur County on October 29, 1929, the daughter of Lester and Edith M. (Jones) Keith. She graduated from Sandcreek High School in 1947.

She married Robert F. “Bob” Conwell on January 17, 1947 who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death, one son, Lyle Keith Conwell; her parents; her sister, Dorothy Layton; and one grandson, Charles Wayne Brown.

Survivors include her daughters, Judy Lynn (Jim) Matthews of Salem, Jan Conwell of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Maribeth Holcomb of Westport; her son, Kevin (Lisa) Conwell of Westport; her eight grandchildren, Todd (Ginger) Conwell, Dana (Ryan) Witkemper, Mindi (Jeff) Pennington, Holly (Wes) Drury, Nicholas (Danielle) Holcomb, Carece (Mike) Robbins, Kyle Conwell, and Emily Conwell; two stepgrandsons, Greg (Jennifer) Leman and Clint (Becky) Leman; 13 great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

A time for visitation will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 2 until 6 p.m. at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2013 at the funeral home with the Rev. David A. Scaggs officiating. Burial will follow at the Westport Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the American Lung Association or the Westport Baptist Church Building Fund.

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