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DOROTHY SUZANNE "CONDREY" WORMLEY
Dorothy Suzanne "Condrey" Wormley, 85, of Nevis, Minn., passed away peacefully in her home Tuesday, morning, Oct. 20, 2020, surrounded by family.
Sue was born to Lawrence and Dorothy Condrey on Jan. 6, 1935, in Chicago, Ill. She was the oldest of four children and spent most of her childhood in Hammond, Ind. She was a member of her high school softball team, knitting club and various other activities. After high school, Sue like her mother and father attended Purdue University and graduated with a degree in home economics in 1956. She was an active member of the Phi Mu Delta Epsilon Sorority and the Virginia C. Meredith Club. Sue was a proud Purdue alumnus and stayed connected with her alma mater and sorority.
Upon graduation, she accepted a job in Newton, Iowa, at Maytag as a textile research and development engineer. While working in Newton, she met her husband Myron at a local social event. They quickly fell in love and were then married on April 12, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They went on to enjoy over 61½ years of marriage.
Sue and Myron would move to Fairfield, Iowa, and become parents to Lori "Wormley" Loeschen (deceased), Carla Wormley (deceased), Mark Wormley, nd Bryan Wormley. In addition to raising her family, she ran an upholstery business from her home, worked as an optometrist assistant, and was a sales associate for JCPenney's Catalog store. Sue was a very talented seamstress, made upholstered valances and headboards and, in her prime, she was upholstering a couch and chair a week. Her daughter Lori was very active in sports and was a part of Fairfield High School's first girls basketball team that also happened to make it to state. Sue and Myron supported and attended all of Lori, Mark and Bryan's sporting events home and away.
In 2007, Sue and Myron decided to move up to Northern Minnesota to be closer to family. They ended up near their son, Bryan, and his wife, Heidi, at their fishing resort, Wormley's Happy Days Resort in Nevis, Minn.
Sue became an avid quilter during her time in Nevis. She was an active member of the Local Crazy Quilters, Quilts of Valor and various other local quilting groups. One of the highlights of her summer was quilting shows and shop hops with her friend Bernice Laager, who also happened to be her neighbor during the summer months.
Sue was an outstanding seamstress. She was forever fixing her family's clothing. After moving to Nevis, she even helped her son the Nevis Athletic Director mend and alter uniforms. She also made numerous quilts for sporting teams and activities including robotics. One of these is hanging in the Nevis school's front office.
Sue enjoyed her life at the resort as it allowed her to have visitors year-round including her children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, and lifetime friends. Sue loved to spend time showing her company the beautiful area and usually capped the trips off with a trip to Companeros in Dorset, Minn.
After moving to the area, Sue and Myron became Nevis's sports biggest fans. She read every news article and attended most home sporting events. Sue would always sit next to Myron with her radio and listen to the football game radio broadcast while watching from the stands. She also enjoyed taking stats down on her program for fun. She was a very vocal fan, even occasionally heckling the referees about a bad call. Eventually, they were able to support their grandchildren in sports from near and afar. These included swimming, baseball, basketball, volleyball, track and fields, golf, football and the arts. They even were able to witness their grandson win the section basketball championship after four overtimes.
Some things you should know about Sue: She was an incredible crafter and knew how to knit, needlepoint, crochet, felt, sew and bead. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and solitaire (both online and in-person). She loved fishing and getting out on the lake. If there was a sports game on TV she always was watching it with Myron. Sue courageously battled and beat breast cancer twice in her life and was a very strong woman. A lover of animals, she had many cats and dogs throughout her lifetime, most recently helping watch her son's rescue puppy, Daisy, this spring. She was an active member of her communities volunteering at the Methodist church, leading Scout troops, volunteering with the hospital auxiliary, Panhellenic Club, bridge club, 4-H leader and judge, and a longtime election judge, relay for life volunteer, and donated regularly to various causes.
One of the most important things to know about Sue, she hated goodbyes. She would start tearing up hours before family and friends left and spent as much time hugging and conversing as she could before they had to leave. She loved her family and friends and was thankful for every second she was able to spend with them throughout her life.
Sue is survived by her sister, Margery "Condrey" Ellis of Frankenmuth, Mich.; brother, Rande Condrey and sister-in-law, Marie Condrey of Poplar Grove, Ill.; brother, Charles "Chuck" Condrey of Indianapolis, Ind.; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sylvia Wormley of Scottsdale, Ariz.; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Heidi Wormley of Nevis, Minn.; son-in-law, Stan Loeschen of Katy, Texas; her grandchildren and their partners, Steven and Ana Loeschen of Katy, Texas, Michael Loeschen and Christina Cataldo of Katy, erek Miranda of Scottsdale, Ariz., Alex Wormley of Scottsdale, Samatha Wormley and Kiefer Miller of Minneapolis, Minn., and Thomas Wormley of Nevis; and great-grandchildren, Evan Loeschen, Noah Loeschen and Ryan Loeschen of Katy, Texas. She also is survived by many additional extended family and friends who were all very special to her.
Sue was preceded in death by her daughters, Carla Jo Wormley and Lori Sue "Wormley" Loeschen; and parents Dorothy, Condrey and Lawrence Condrey.
A celebration of life is being planned for Sue and Myron for early summer. Her final resting place will be at Wittenberg Cemetery in Newton, Iowa, with her husband, Myron Wormley.