Nell Helen Martin Conrad

Published 1:26 pm Thursday, February 1, 2018

Nell Helen Martin Conrad passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Yadkin Nursing Care Center. Nell was born April 25, 1922 to Homer Rosville Martin and Lillie Mathis Martin in Ronda, NC.

In addition to her parents, Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton C. Conrad in November 1984; her four siblings: Vera Marie Martin (at age 2), Ruth M. Conrad, Lucy M. Hobson, Daniel W. Martin, four sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law.

She is survived by two daughters, Wrenn Conrad and Carol C. Lunsford (Richard); granddaughter Abby L. Bailey (Russell), great-grandson Alex Bailey, step great-grandchildren Nick and Trinity Bailey all of Lewisville, NC, and granddaughter Allyson Lunsford (fiancé Alex Robertson) of Matthews, NC; sister-in-law Ina W. Martin of Lenoir, NC; seventeen nieces and nephews and their families, as well as Mathis and Martin cousins and their families.

Nell graduated from Wilkesboro High School in 1940 where she was Senior Class Treasurer, Associate Editor of The Wilkesboro High Lights yearbook, a member of the academic honor society Phi Beta Club, was voted “Best All Round” by her senior classmates and received the American Legion Award.

After graduation, Nell moved to Winston-Salem sharing an apartment with her sisters while working at Hanes Knitting as her first “public work.”

She married the love of her life, Cliff Conrad, in May 1946 and moved to Grapevine Road, Lewisville where they made their home and raised their two daughters surrounded by Conrad family.

Nell spent most of her adult life as a homemaker with several years in “public work” at Hanes and The Winston Salem Credit Bureau with a brief time in sales at Davis Department Store in downtown Winston-Salem.

Nell was the quintessential homemaker sewing for her girls, canning and freezing produce from Cliff’s bountiful gardens, planting flowers, baking pies, cakes and biscuits from scratch. She was also skilled at needlework, creating many pieces of embroidery, candle wicking, and clothes for Carol’s original Barbie doll still carefully stored in the original case.

Nell loved the mountains, frequently visiting her mother and other family on Sunday afternoons at the home place on Old 421 in Ronda or Aunt Florence at “Pappy’s” (Daniel W. Mathis) home place along with Mathis aunts, uncles and cousins on Windy Gap Mountain. Required annual day trips to take in the fall color, family picnics and the Mathis reunion were family traditions. Most summer vacations were spent at White Lake and Myrtle Beach because Cliff and her girls loved that. She and Cliff enjoyed traveling around the Southern US and other parts of the country after their retirement.

Funeral services will be on Saturday at Lewisville United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary.

Nell loved flowers or donations may be made to Lewisville United Methodist Church, 6290 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville, NC 27023.

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