Dorothy Conant |

Dorothy Conant

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Dorothy Conant, a longtime resident of Nevada County.

Mrs. Conant died Monday, Feb. 9. She was 86.

She was born March 8, 1917, to Walter and Delphia Ernst in Webb, Iowa. She was a descendant of 18th-century historical figure Ethan Allen. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in public health nursing and was a registered nurse. She met her husband, Dr. Robert Conant, at the university and married him when he was serving in the military at Camp Beale, now Beale Air Force Base. They returned to Minnesota to complete their schooling and then returned to Grass Valley, where Dr. Conant set up his medical practice. She served as the office nurse for her husband’s practice and as a nurse for the Grass Valley School District. She was active in the American Association of University Women and the Ridge Road Garden Club. She enjoyed gardening, reading and sharing books with her friends.

Survivors include her sons Robert “Pete” Conant of Pongola, South Africa, and Gerald “Jerry” Conant of Reno, Nev.; son and daughter-in-law, Richard “Buzz” Conant and Ginger Conant of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Dr. Roger Crumley of Santa Ana; and grandchildren Jennifer Conant, Brandon Conant and Taylor Conant, all of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Danielle Crumley and Erin Crumley, both of Santa Ana.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Foothills or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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