Mrs. Eleanor “Grace” Barker Conway, age 90 of Yulee FL passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
She was born October 4, 1928 in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Vess Cola Taylor Barker and Carl Oliver Barker. Grace came to Christ at the age of 24 at Ramona Blvd Baptist Church. She worked as a human resources placement agent and many years in the dental career field. She retired three times and hated it so much she went back to work. In her last profession, Mrs. Conway was a folk hero as a crossing guard at an elementary school in Fernandina Beach and the past 3 years at Yulee Middle School, appearing in that role in The News Leader and on Action News. Her fans gifted her with a birthday banner last fall.
Cards poured out love from the community in the days leading to her passing. She was predeceased in 2008 by her husband of 62 years, Daniel Edward Conway, by her daughter Sandra Elaine Conway (2013); by several brothers and sisters including those of Mr. Conway.
She has gone ahead to prepare a way for brothers, N.S. Crawford and Charles Conway; two sons, Wayne Conway (Anne), Port Orange FL, Brian Conway, Loudon TN; daughter Margaret Flowe (John) Mandarin, FL ; seven grandchildren, John Morris, Dawn Wise (Michael), Beth Gregory, Brendan Flowe (Tien), Sean Tucker (Samantha), Robin Flowe (Anna) and Erin Flowe; nine great grandchildren, Zachary Bryan, Dalton Brown, Tanner Wise, Blaine Gregory, Chloe Tucker, Paige Gregory, Beatrice Flowe, Piper Tucker, Alexander Flowe; one great great granddaughter, Audree Bryan.
Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 7, 2019 at Yulee Baptist Church with Pastor Doug Sides officiating.
Her family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home and from 11:00 am until the hour of service at the church on Monday.
Mrs. Conway will be laid to rest in Riverside Memorial Park, Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville FL alongside her husband.