Apr 14, 1927---Feb 25, 2023

Caroline Louise Conley (Calise), 95, passed away on February 25, 2023. She was born to the late Louis and Caroline Chauvenet on April 14, 1927 at her beloved home, Tallwood, near Charlottesville, Virginia. She was one of six children and very close to her brothers and sisters who all preceded her in death.  Calise remembered her upbringing in Charlottesville fondly. Her eyes lit up when recalling memories of horseback riding and scenes of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Calise and her sister, Adele, were among the first women to be allowed into the nearby University of Virginia. She joked it was easy for them to find dates, given there were about 60 women and 2,000 men. While there, she met and took classes from John Conley, a teaching assistant working on his Master's in French following time spent in France during WW II. They were engaged within a year. Chosen as the featured bride for Woodbury soap advertising, the ad quipped that John graded her "AA" (Always Adorable). The two were married in July of 1948 for 44 years until he preceded her in death in 1992.

As John's university jobs took them from Boston to Washington, D.C. to Milwaukee, WI, their family grew and she beca me a mother to John Conley (Port Townsend, WA), Jay Conley (Linda, Oconto Falls, WI), Claire Brand (Joe, Lenexa, KS) and Carolyn Wynne (Tom, Vancouver, WA). Her children, 10 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren, couldn't have asked for a more loving or caring mother/grandmother. She routinely went above and beyond to make the people in her life feel special.  She was known for sewing, quilting or knitting special gifts for those she loved. She also took it upon herself to keep up with the latest technology, attending Apple computer classes into her eighties so she could communicate with her grandchildren and extended family across the miles. She was the ultimate family correspondent.  After John's retirement, the two moved to St. Petersburg, FL where she took art classes and pursued her passion for painting. Upon his death, she traveled abroad with her art class, enjoying the combination of painting and visiting new places. Her lave of art was apparent in all she did. She surrounded herself in color and found ways to make even the most mundane moments in life more creative or special.  As she aged, she eventually moved to Kansas to be closer to family. Those who knew her will always remember her unfailing sense of humor and impeccable smile - a smile that always grew bigger when surrounded by those she loved.  A small memorial mass will be held for close friends and family at Santa Marta retirement community, 13800 W. 116th St., Olathe, KS on Monday March 6 at 10:00 am in the independent living chapel. A graveside service will be held in her much-loved Charlottesville, VA at a future TBD date.  In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the University of Virginia or UVA Children's Hospital at https://giving.virginia.edu or Ronald McDonald House Tampa Bay at https://apps.rmhctampabay.org/donate-now 



sheryl williams Feb 28, 2023

friend ,Kansas

i will miss my dear friend. It was pleasure to have known her., I will miss our movie nights, and just holding hands together. She was a wonderful friend, Goodbye my Dear Friend Sheryl

Barbara Smith Mar 01, 2023

friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

What a beautiful remembrance for a beautiful lady. Calise indeed made everyone feel special. In talking with her she made you feel as if you were her best friend, and she always had a smile. Calise enjoyed coming to exercise class in Lenexa and we all enjoyed her. Rest in peace. Barbara Smith

Lynnette J Weber Mar 01, 2023

Acquaintance ,LENEXA ,Kansas

Clarise was such a wonderful woman. I didn't know her very long or very well, but when thinking of her, words just burst out: Beautiful, Funny, Strong, Independent, Kind. She will be missed. But I am sure her spirit lives on in her children and grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers for her family and friends.

Cynthia Mink Adelberg Mar 03, 2023

Cousin's spouse ,Louisville ,Kentucky

We are holding all your family and the many Adelberg-Chauvenet cousins and families in our prayers. Calise was a frequent visitor to Kentucky and became a very special friend to us, especially to her Uncle Robert's wife, Milner who also left this world at age 95. We treasured those visits, enjoying her southern charming ways, her beautiful smile and soul and her warm thoughtfulness over many years. May you all treasure memories of her and may they always bring you joy. Blessings from Cindy, Amy, Abby and Rob - and from her cousin, Robert Powers Adelberg, who we hope is giving her a home tour in heaven.

Marc Burch Mar 05, 2023

Cousin ,La Jolla ,California

Wow, she lived a full and great life to make it to almost 96! I always enjoyed talking with her and her stories about my mom and dad! She will be missed! My prayers are with you and your family! God bless and sending our love! Marc and Jody


Memorial Mass
Santa Marta, Independent Living Chapel
13800 W. 116th St.
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Mar 06, 2023
10:00 AM
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