Leah (Jamison) Conard was born February 9, 1953 to Jay and Leona Jamison. She passed away April 30, 2010 at her home in Rockville, Mo. Her father, Jay Jamison preceded her in death.
She leaves behind her husband, Tom Conard and her four children and their spouses; Chris and Melissa (Conard) Cross, T.C. and Rhonda Conard, Josh and Ashley Conard and Lauren Conard; her mother, Leona Jamison of Osceola, Mo; 3 brothers, Doug Jamison of Lowry City, Mo, Mike and Linda Jamison of Eldorado Springs, Mo, Phillip and Shirley Jamison of Ft. Scott, Ks,; one foster-brother, David Cox of Richards, Mo; one sister, Sheryl (Jamison) Forbes of Mexico, Mo.; her aunt Cleo Sims of Appleton City, Mo. She also leaves behind several grandchildren, nieces and nephews
While living at home, Leah loved to work outdoors. She loved to keep the lawn mowed and would cut down any particular straggling small trees that were not to her liking. She would occasionally run over a black snake that was unfortunate enough to get in the path of her lawn mower. She also ruined a few lawn mower blades by running over a turtle now and then.
Leah and her brother Mike would spend hours out in the back yard by the “ole smoke house” playing “cars” or they would play “house” out in the “ole brooder house” where Leah would make the most delicious “mud pies.” Leah and Mike would also hold their own church services in the back yard. Mike preached the sermons while Leah was his congregation.
Leah was also a good teacher. At the age of 10, she taught her little 5 year old brother, Phillip to read and do math.
As Leah became a teenager, she learned to appreciate a nice car; the nice wide back tires with nice chrome wheels and with pipes that you could hear from half a mile away.
Yeah, Leah was a country gal, but she also had some hidden talents that very few people know about. Leah wrote several poems, a few of which were published. She also had an artistic ability that she enjoyed utilizing in her spare time. During her teenage years and early twenties, Leah, her brother Mike and sister-in-law Linda sang as a trio in Revival services around the local area.
Leah began working as a nurses aid at the old Ellett Memorial Hospital, then transferred to the new Ellett Memorial Hospital. It was while working there that Leah had learned that she had MS. This may have weakened her body, but it never weakened her spirit.