Florence Louise (Kilpatrick) Conrad

In this season of the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, it is very special that Jesus has received into His love and care Florence Conrad; thank you God for the life of Florence Louise Kilpatrick Conrad, 86. Flo (as she was known most all of her adult life) has departed this earth Dec. 23, 2016 to unite with her parents, siblings and family who have gone before. Flo has been a resident of the CMMC Hospice House for over nine months and has been greatly loved by all the nurses and caregivers who have shared with her over this time. Much praise and thanks to each one of them.

Born in Platteville, Wis. on July 3, 1930 she lived in Belmont, Wis. or on the family farm just outside Belmont until moving to Mesa, Ariz. with her family in 1945. Flo had four major interests in her life.

Flo’s family was the love of her life. Married to Dale June 1, 1951 (for 65 years) with two sons, Ronald and David; six grandchildren, Jaci, Kathryn, Aiden, Deaglan, Thomas, and Clinton; and two great-grandsons, Parker and Oliver, all who made family relationships a blessing in more ways than can be counted.

Her heart was centered in music from a very early age. She played piccolo, flute, piano, organ and handbells; directed church vocal and handbell choirs; taught junior high chorus and band; and played flute in four different symphony orchestras (First Chair in three and Second Chair in the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra). One of her crowning achievements was to have one of her handbell choirs ring four performances each Christmas season with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra for five years in a row. The Handbell Choir rang a solo number and one with the symphony each performance. After the first year, the Symphony Director invited her to also direct the combined number with the symphony for the next four years. It is said she was the first woman guest conductor to direct the symphony.

With Dale being a Methodist Minister, the door opened for many travel experiences including leading a church (college age) work team for seven weeks to Costa Rica and Central America plus  a five week pulpit exchange in Costa Rica. Together, Flo and Dale hosted or led a total of 22 tour groups and traveled to over 50 countries doing so. Flo also was one of 50 handbell ringers from across the United States selected to go to the Netherlands to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Netherlands and the United States. As a Handbell Choir Director she took one or more choirs to festivals all over Southern California, Arizona, the West Coast, Canada, and Hawaii.

Flo’s business experience other than all the church and music involvement included being very active in every community she lived in. She was a Century 21 Real Estate agent for over 25 years, during which she had the unique opportunity to be the agent who sold a drive-in movie theater. 

Dale personally says, “Flo was the most dynamic, caring, loving and supportive helpmate to him, the family, church and community than any one person could possibly be.”

Survivors include the family mentioned above, plus sister Caroline Wilson; two sisters-in-law, Joan and Jean Kilpatrick; two nieces, Sara Reikes and Susan Wilson; and four nephews, Dan, Matt, Mike, and Craig Kilpatrick.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at the Lewistown United Methodist Church, 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. In Flo’s honor, memorial donations can be made to the CMMC Hospice, 408 Wendell Ave., Lewistown, MT 59457 or the Lewistown United Methodist Church, 512 W. Broadway, Lewistown, MT 59457.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Flo’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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