Jeanne Conway Halmer, 59, died Feb. 22, 2007 after a long battle with ALS, a battle she fought with pride, patience and determination.
She was born Dec. 23, 1947 in Globe and raised in Greenback Valley, just east of Tonto Basin. She was a graduate of Payson High School and attended Eastern Arizona College.
Mrs. Halmer worked as a civil engineer technician with the federal highways, on the Roosevelt Lake Bridge project and then in Tennessee, where she worked on the Cumberland Gap Tunnel project and met the love of her life, her husband of 16 years, Klaus Halmer. They traveled to his home country of Austria and took cruises on the west coast, but when she was diagnosed with ALS in 1995, Klaus brought her back to Tonto Basin to be near her parents and other family members and friends.
Mrs. Halmer is survived by her husband, Klaus; daughter, Janna Frye and her three children in Kentucky; daughter, Keli (Ty) Wood and their five children in Snowflake; father, E.C. Conway of Tonto Basin; brothers, Eddie Conway of Tonto Basin and his wife, Betty Sue and family, and Bill Conway of Payson and his wife, Penny and family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Conway and her sister, Mary Ann Conway Sage.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Tonto Basin School.