Christene Cornell, 68, of Akron, Ind., passed away at 10:59 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in the Woodlawn Hospital Emergency Room.
She was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to Fred and Myrtle (Manns) Conley. On April 18, 1964, she married William Cornell St., in Fulton County, Ind.
Mrs. Cornell had worked at United Technologies in North Manchester for 14 years until it closed. Following that she was a housewife. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed crocheting and going fishing with her husband.
She is survived by her husband: William Cornell Sr., of Akron; a daughter: Mary (Jeramy) Reese, Roann, Ind.; three sons: William (Mary) Cornell Jr., New Baltimore, Mich.; Ron (Victoria) Cornell, Pierceton, Ind; Norman (Heidi) Cornell, North Manchester, Ind.; nine grandchildren: William Cornell, Eric Cornell, Sean Cornell, Joshua Cornell, Braxton Hanft, Lacey Cornell, Keaton Cornell, Devon Reese and Aidan Reese; three great-grandchildren: Faylinn, Makayla and Aiyanna; five sisters: Zefie Jackson, Gracie Jackson, Martha Hancock, Lorene Tesh and Izanie Thornington; and three brothers: Amos Conley, Norman Conley and Alfred Conley.
She was preceded in death by two sisters: Nancy Pennington and Opal Conley; and a brother: Jerry Conley.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Gaerte Cemetery in Macy, Ind.
Memorial contributions will be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718.