Posted: Thu 2:33 PM, Mar 14, 2019
Funeral Home: Leavitt Funeral Home
Mary Ann Bickel Gideon, 88, of Coolville, OH, passed away March 13, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center.
She was born on April 2, 1930 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late William Henry "Wig" and Theora Estelle Huffman Bickel. Mary Ann was raised on the Bickel Estate near Lubeck. She and her parents had a love for horses and that became a lifelong passion for Mary.
Mary Ann graduated from Parkersburg High School with the class of 1948 and then from Mountain State College. She retired from the Belpre office of Quaker State Oil where she had worked for many years.
Mary Ann had a very active life. She and her late husband Ronald Conley moved to their farm in Coolville in 1968 and their love of horses included raising, riding and showing their horses. She and her daughter continued that tradition showing horses all across the country until recently. Mary Ann was gifted musically and played the piano, organ, accordion and several other instruments. She used her musical talents to play piano for her church, the South Side Southern Baptist Church during the three weekly services. She had been active with the church since 1995 and enjoyed assisting with flowers for services.
She was active with the Eastern Star Chapter #175 of Athens, White Shrine of Jerusalem, where she was Past WHP, Amaranth where she was Past Royal Matron, Shrine Patrol and Daughters of the Nile. She played organ and was Grand Organist for all the above listed organizations until about a year ago.
Mary Ann is survived by her daughter Michelle C. "Mikki" Conley and her fiancé Bill Moss, several cousins, extended family members and special dogs Boo, Bailey and Marley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her one True love Ronald Brooks Conley who passed in 1984 and special cousins Katharine Kelly and Marilyn Church.
Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Monday at the South Side Southern Baptist Church with Pastors Don Yeager and Paul Drake officiating.
Visitation will be 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 on Sunday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.
Burial will follow at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens