Elizabeth K. "BeBe" Conant

June 18, 1923 ‒ January 29, 2014

Delaware formerly of Sunbury, Ohio

Elizabeth K. “Bebe” Conant, age 90 of Delaware, formerly of Sunbury, passed away early Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Willow Brook Christian Village.

Bebe was born on June 18, 1923 in Sunbury to the late Cecil and Zella (Scott) Knoderer. A graduate of Sunbury High School in 1941, she resided in Sunbury for 78 years.

On November 28, 1946, she married the love of her life and husband of almost 64 years, Donald P. “Dan” Conant, mayor of Sunbury from 1988 to 1991. Together, they raised their family in their beloved community of Sunbury. With a deep and abiding love, they were the best example and model of marriage. In 2000, they moved to Delaware and became active members of the Willow Brook Community. Never apart and always side by side, they shared a wonderful life caring for each other’s needs until Dan’s passing on September 20, 2010.

For 21 years, she worked as a secretary for the Big Walnut Schools where she put the needs of others before her own with boundless energy. A gardener in her youth, nothing went to waste. She canned all she could making wonderful dishes, relishes, and jellies. She constantly provided dishes for events and parties including her sought after minced meat pie.

Bebe was at her best with a needle and thread. As a skilled quilter and an extremely talented seamstress, she not only crafted award winning quilts but also provided clothing for her growing family.

She was a member of Sunbury United Methodist Church for over 50 years and a member of William St. United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Whatever Bebe put her heart into she made special – her marriage, home, family, friends, and communities of Sunbury and Willow Brook. A wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, she will always be remembered for her warm smile, love of family, and life.

She is survived by her daughter: Chrystal (Lee) Blanton of Worthington, son: Scott (Rebekah) Conant of Fort Mill, SC, Grandchildren: Paul (Carrie)Blanton, Troy (Alpa) Blanton, Cpt. Caleb (Lacey) Conant, Clifton Conant, and Rene (Matthew) Burcham, brother Anson Knoderer, extended family members and many cherished friends.

Bebe was preceded in death by her sister Elsie Gantt.

A service celebrating the life of Bebe Conant will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Terrace Room of Willow Brook Christian Village, 100 Willow Brook Way S., Delaware, OH 43015 with Rev. Richard Burns officiating. Her family will greet friends following the services until 3:00 p.m. Private interment for her family will be held in Sunbury Memorial Park. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware.

Her family prefers memorial contributions be sent to Willow Brook Memorial Fund, 100 Willow Brook Way S., Delaware, Ohio 43015 or Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave., Suite 200, Marion, Ohio 43302

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com