January 22, 1921 – September 18, 2014
Born January 22, 1921. She was the youngest daughter of Harold Sylvester Tyner, Sr. and Olive (Glen) Tyner. She was the last living Tyner of her generation. She is predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Walter R. Conlin, Sr. of Corning NY where formed a public accounting and tax practice. Together they raised five sons in their home on Fuller Ave. Walter died in 2004. Shortly thereafter Marion moved to Edmond OK. She is survived by all five sons and their wives, 13 grandchildren and their spouses, 24 great grandchildren, and multiple nephews and nieces spread all across the U.S.
Marion is a 1938 graduate of Lowville Academy where she and four of her best friends decided to take nick names all starting with “P”. Their school girl click was known as “5 P’s in a pod” and from that point on most people knew Marion as “Penny”.
The Tyner clan and the Glen clan are of Irish decent with Thomas Tyner first emigrating from Southern Ireland to Canada and then later to Upstate New York where he settled in northern Lewis County not far from the Canadian border. His children, as they grew and married, settled in Lowville. One of them was Penny’s dad.
By 1909 her dad served as Chauffer to Dewitt Clinton West, grandson to the famed DeWitt Clinton. Later he worked as a wood worker in various small companies. He also maintained a small wood shop of his own at home where he crafted multiple clocks, lamps, and benches for friends and family. Her mother was a school teacher by education and training but after having children she followed the norm of that time and managed home and family. The Tyners were one of the founding families of the Church of the Nazarene in Lowville and Penny was deeply shaped by the teachings of her highly moral and highly ethical but simple working parents.
In the summer of 1938 Penny met Walter at Nazarene family camp in Brooktondale NY. That fall she attended Eastern Nazarene College outside Boston MA. Their summer romance lasted and over the next two years Walter’s letters to her at college were addressed to: “Small Change”. Everybody there knew “Penny” and she got every letter.
After their marriage in the fall of 1940 Penny and Walter settled in Syracuse and she stayed there while Walter served as a pilot squadron leader in the Army Air Corp. Returning from the service, Walter worked at Lipe Rollway Corp before moving to Corning for Walter’s work with GMAC, Oldsmobile. In 1950 he launched his own Accounting business, and was a presence in the Corning business scene for fifty-four years.
Penny lived a life of faith in Jesus Christ. She fully believed in the birth, the life and miracles of Jesus, and fully accepted his grace and forgiveness for all transgressions. The fruit of her faith was clearly seen in all of her decisions, dealings, and relationships. She was a good friend to many and genuinely cared.
Penny participated in Corning Home Bureau, Christian Business Women’s Club, Quota Club and served in multiple Masonic, Nazarene, Wesleyan, and Methodist church, and scouting related hospitality functions. A phone call with Penny generally concluded with a prayerful “God Bless and Keep You.” In September of 2008 Penny moved from Corning to Edmond OK. There she lived at TouchMark for a period of time and also with son James and his wife Terra.
Today at 4:20AM while resting comfortably at her apartment in the Memory Care wing at TouchMark in Edmond OK she passed away and stepped into what Christians consider eternity. Based on her faith, she is now resting in the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ. We visualize her waving one last kiss our way and voicing her typical “Bye Bye for now. God bless and keep you.”
The family will hold a simple memorial service at 10:00 Saturday at Matthew’s Funeral Home following which her remains will be transported to Syracuse NY for burial next to her husband Walter.