Verdi Mae Conley, of Pinehurst, celebrated her 100th birthday last Sunday. She was born March 13, 1916, in Hedley, Texas, and grew up in Oklahoma City.
She married H. Leon Conley, a pharmacist who ran his family’s drugstore business in Harrah, Okla. He and Verdi Mae raised two daughters, Carol Lynn Thomas and Judy Sue Townley, who now live in Pinehurst.
The family moved to Norman, Okla., after a fire destroyed the drugstore in Harrah, and Verdie’s husband encouraged her to enroll in the pharmacy school at the university, so she could assist him in running the new drugstore he and his brother had opened in Oklahoma City. Verdi Mae often commented on how strange it was to be in college at the same time as her daughters!
Verdi Mae and her husband worked together until his death in 1987. In 2000, she moved to Pinehurst to be near her daughters — and now is living life to the fullest in this wonderful community.