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Ellen Roxanne Conley

September 19, 1958 — February 25, 2024

MAKANDA - Ellen Roxanne Conley, aged 65, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale surrounded by her loving family.

Roxanne came into the world on September 19, 1958, in Murphysboro, born to Bonnie (Gwaltney) Davis. On February 17, 1977, she joined hands in marriage with Richard Conley in Elizabethtown, Illinois, who preceded her in death on July 7, 2022.

Throughout her life, Roxanne worked and contributed to many organizations. She began her journey at Arnold's Market and later established their catering business. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to own and manage two businesses, Carter's Custom Framing & Art Gallery and Attitude Designs. She also spent time working at Books are Fun, Carbondale Main Street, Carbondale Convention and Tourism, and was the marketing director for G&R Rentals. Beyond her professional endeavors, she selflessly volunteered on several community boards, leaving an indelible mark on organizations such as Carbondale Community Arts, Carbondale Convention of Tourism, Carbondale Main Street, Varsity Center for the Arts, The Southern Illinois Science Center, and Unity Point School Board. Notably, she spearheaded and orchestrated beloved community events like Arts in Celebration, Lights Fantastic Parade, and the Carbondale Pig Out.

In her leisure time, Roxanne found joy in spending quality time with her family, nurturing her garden, indulging in arts and crafts, dancing, and was an enthusiastic supporter at SIU sporting events.

Roxanne is survived by her daughter, Robin Cutting of Carbondale; three sons, Curtis Conley of Stanley, Idaho, Derek Conley of Saint Charles, Illinois, Brett Conley of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; her mother, Bonnie Glisson of Carbondale, Illinois; her grandchildren, Amy, Anna, Alexandria, Adrienne, and Brandon; and her great-grandchildren, Tyler, Chase, Emily, and Rowan. She was preceded in death by her father, Tommy Glisson, husband Richard Conley, and her daughter, Brandi Rae.

In memory of Roxanne's remarkable life, contributions may be made to the Lights Fantastic Parade of Carbondale.

A Celebration of Roxanne's Life will be held from 12-6pm Saturday April 27th at her home at 221 Poplar Lake Road Makanda, Illinois.

Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale assisted the family with arrangements. To leave a story or memory of Roxanne visit

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