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Marie Ellen LaCombe (Parker) Conway

1934 - 2017

Marie Conway (Parker) 82, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017. She was born Marie La Combe on November 15, 1934 to Arthur and Mildred Lacombe (Baker) and was raised in Syracuse, NY.

In 1955 while working for Hardware Mutual Insurance Company, she transferred to their new Santa Barbara office.

She married in 1957 and moved to San Diego in 1958 where her three daughters were born. The family returned to Santa Barbara in 1968. In 1970 she went to work as the manager of Raysan Federal Credit Union at Raytheon Company in Goleta. She worked her way up from the sole employee to Manager/President of the credit union. She loved helping Raytheon employees with their financial needs.

She retired in 1990 to travel and finish her education. She graduated from UCSB with an English degree in 1995. She continued to work during her retirement years in a temporary capacity at various local companies. She had a strong work ethic and enjoyed being a part of the world.

Marie loved to travel and spent much of her retirement visiting Europe, and many places around the United States. She also visited Thailand, Turkey, and China. She was always up for a new adventure.

She was a gifted writer. She wrote many short stories, hoped to publish a novel. She was well known for writing touching poems for her friends and family for their birthdays.

She enjoyed playing water volleyball, wine tasting and socializing with her many friends. She volunteered for many organizations. She was an optimist and loved people.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Marilyn Stevens.

She is survived by her three daughters, Teri West, of Bend, OR, Colleen Conway of Santa Barbara, and Elaine (Doug) Williams of Santa Barbara. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Rebecca (Nate) Lynch, Sarah, Veronica, Callista and Jenessa West, Austin Venezia and Amber Williams. Great-grandchildren, Nolan, Addison, Olivia and Ellie Lynch. She is also survived by her sister Joan Mansbach of Goleta and brother Don LaCombe of Syracuse, New York.

A funeral mass will be held on May 15th at 10 am at our Lady of Sorrows Church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

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