Although we in Nephros South review the year 2002 with satisfaction and accomplishment, we
ended the year with sadness. Lyn Conley, recently retired transplant coordinator at UCSD, died on December 21, less than a
month after being diagnosed with liver cancer. We celebrate her many accomplishments and honor her memory as a woman, a mother,
a nurse, a colleague, and a friend. The nephrology community in San Diego thanks
Lyn for her many years of service. We will draw inspiration from her spirit of
grace, dignity and compassion to continue on our journey.
Barbara Merkle and Lyn Conley shared a home for the last seventeen years, and so it was Barbara
who was with Lyn and her family during the last few days of Lyns life. Barbara has written a memorial to Lyn, which follows:
Memorial to Lyn Conley
Lyn Conley died from liver cancer on December 21, 2002. She
was a mother of 4 children, grandmother to 5 kids, and a retired nurse. Lyn was also my friend and roommate for seventeen
years. She lived her life on her terms with grace and dignity. She had a gentle way about her. Lyn loved the outdoors, always
watching for birds in the backyard or fields. She volunteered at the Chula Vista Nature twice weekly caring for the plants
and flowers. Never one to sit still, she was up at dawn, ready to start her day with exercising. This would include walking,
bicycling, kayaking around San Diego, using her Pilates machinery, yoga, and Tai Chi. There was never a trail she couldnt
hike on. During quiet times, she read, worked on 1000 piece puzzles, fill in crossword puzzles, and listen to classical music.
But, what was most important to her were her family and the times that they shared together.
Lyn contacted Hepatitis C. She was ill for about one week. Throughout the years, her liver enzymes were normal and
her viral load was negative. After eleven years at NMC, Lyn became a renal transplant coordinator at UCSD. After 10 years
in this role, she retired in May 2001. She had places to go and people to see. Lyn loved to travel with company or by herself.
She looks at the map and just takes off.
If you would like to share a story about Lyn with her family and
friends, please visit this website: www.mem.com.
Click on Making Everlasting Memories
Enter Conley in upper right space
Scroll down to Lyn Conley. A page will open up where you can
view her Biography, Tributes, Images, and Slides (PowerPoint presentation)
Click on Send Tribute. Enter your name and e-mail,
then just type in a funny tale, inspiring words, something special, etc in the space. Then click on Send.