AUBURN — Charlia Lee (Miller) Conley, 69, of Auburn, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, Jan. 6, 2019, at The Commons on Saint Anthony, surrounded by her loving family.
She was a life resident of Auburn, the daughter of the late Joseph and Doris Mettlach Miller. "Char" or "Shopping Grandma," as she was affectionately known by her family, was a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and longtime communicant of St. Mary's Church. She previously worked at BOCES and retired after more than 40 years of service at Scala Insurance Company. Charlia volunteered for several years at the Merry-Go-Round Theater. She enjoyed baseball, especially when her grandson was on the field, and was a proud supporter of the Auburn Doubledays. Charlia also loved to watch her granddaughters dance, especially Irish step dancing. She was most happy, and cherished the times spent with her grandchildren and could often be seen at any of their special events. She will be sadly missed.
She is survived by her two sons, Christopher (Courtney) Conley, of Auburn, Sean (Danielle) Conley, of Syracuse; six grandchildren, Britney, Samantha, Meghan, Shannon, Christopher and Colleen Conley; sister, Margaret (Robert) Sheppard/Hunter, of Auburn; brother-in-law, Dave Guzalak; nieces, Jackie Guzalak-Douglass and Danielle Szabo; and nephews Joseph Sheppard and Timothy Guzalak.
In addition to her parents, Charlia was recently predeceased by a sister, Millie Guzalak, and the father of her children, William Conley, in 1985.
Friends and relatives are invited to Charlia's celebration of life memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church.
Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Charlia's memory to either the SPCA, 41 York St., Auburn, NY 13021; or St. Mary's Church.
If you ever find yourself in doubt of something or have any questions that need an immediate response, please check www.ask.Charlia.com. She will most likely have the answer.