Conduff, Kathrine Simpson

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Kathrine Simpson Conduff, formerly of Floyd, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Roanoke, Va. at the age of 81. She was born in Montgomery, Alabama on October 24, 1931, to Capitola and Neal Simpson.

Kathrine was a 1953 graduate of the College of William and Mary with a combined degree in English and Fine Arts. She taught English for Roanoke City Schools until marrying Dr. Joseph Conduff in 1958 and moving to Floyd, where she raised her family. She was fondly known to family and friends as “Kitty”.

Kathrine was an avid collector of fine art and antiques. She was a true southern belle, prim and proper, always kind and loving. Kathrine was a true one in a million and the best mother a child could ask for. Kathrine was a member of the Colonial Dames Society, Daughters of the American Colonists and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also an original founding member of the Old Church Gallery in Floyd, of which she was very proud.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Dr. Joseph Conduff. She is survived by her sister, Mary Neal Simpson Bennett, of Roanoke; son, Dr. J. Howard Conduff, Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Floyd; and daughter, Mary Kathrine Conduff Bates and husband, Kirk, of Roanoke; her loving grandchildren, Joseph Howard Conduff III, Kathrine Nicole Bates, Justin Neal Conduff and Hannah Glenn Bates. The family would like to thank her special caregivers Ida Wright, Michelle Manns and Stacy Grime, for their loving care in Kitty’s last weeks.

A graveside service will be held at Jacksonville Cemetery in Floyd, Va., with the Rev. David Taylor officiating, on Tuesday June 18, 2013 at 2 p.m., with visitation prior at 1 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathrine’s honor to the Old Church Gallery or Jacksonville Center for the Arts, both in Floyd VA.

Online condolences may be made Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.