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Obituary for Shirley Rae Conaway (Niner)

Shirley Rae  Conaway (Niner)
Shirley Rae (Niner) Conaway RN, MSN, age 81, born June 30, 1937 passed away peacefully on Friday, November 2, 2018, surrounded by her family after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Proceeded in death by her parents, Earl Niner and Wilma Phillippi Niner of Confluence, PA. She is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years John R (Dick) Conaway, Jr., dearly loved mother of Denise Conaway Benyak (Leonard) of Annapolis, MD, Debbie J Conaway (Robert) of Uniontown, John R (Ric) Conaway III (Jeanne) of Uniontown, Debra Lynn Henry Costelnock, Esq. (Paul), Mt. Pleasant, PA and Victoria Alper (Bruce) Durango, CO.
Beloved grandmother of Jillian Benyak Barthlow (Josh), John E. Benyak (Tammy), Tyler S. Conaway, Caitlyn J. Conaway, John A. Conaway, Asa A. Costelnock, Alexander A. Costelnock. And Great-granddaughter, Charlotte R. Barthlow.
Shirley was a graduate of Turkeyfoot High School, Davis and Elkins College and received her Master’s in Nursing from Columbia University. She was a valued employee of the late Dr. Pineda, Abby Healthcare, and a well-loved instructor at the Laurel Business Institute.
Shirley and Dick founded Conaway Enterprises in 1969. Shirley was a Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown PA.
Shirley was a wonderful and well loved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and known to all as GG.
Friends will be received in the Skirpan Funeral Home, 680 Cherry Tree Lane, Uniontown on Tuesday from 6 - 8 PM and Wednesday from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 PM. A prayer service will be held on Thursday at 9:15 AM in the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, 61 Mill Street, Uniontown, PA. Interment will be Mt. St. Macrina Cemetery, 500 West Main St, Uniontown, PA. A Parish Wake service will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 PM in the funeral home.
The family would like to extended heartfelt thanks to Dr. Michael Reilly, Dr. May Flores, Lisa and staff at Hillman Cancer Center and Amedisys Hospice for their years of kindness and caring support. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Shirley’s memory to Fayette Friends of Animals. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed at

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