Doris Helen Conroy, 81, died July 4, 2010, at The Lakes at Litchfield.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Helen Thielker. Conroy had an unending passion for music and the arts. A wife and mother, she also loved gardening.

She had a long career as a registered nurse, and was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Westport.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John A. Conroy; and her brother, Alan Thielker.

Survivors include four sons, John A. Conroy of Grosse Ile, Mich., Thomas A. Conroy of Newtown, Brian J. Conroy of Shelburne, Vt., and James E. Conroy of Ridgefield; a daughter, Ann Antoniewski of Pawleys Island, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Murrells Inlet Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Sign a guestbook online at www.dorisconroy.wordpress.com