Dolores Ray Conrades

March 16, 1927January 8, 2019

Mrs. Dolores “Dee” La Foy Conrades, 91, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at her residence, Summit Place, in Kings Mountain, NC. Mrs. Conrades was born March 16, 1927, in Lowell, NC, daughter of the late John T. Ray and Luesta Baker Ray. Mrs. Conrades, who lived most of her life in Charlotte, NC, graduated from Harding High School in 1944. On May 4, 1946, she married the love of her life — William Conrades, Jr. In fact, she loved him so much she married him twice (they divorced and remarried years later)! Mrs. Conrades was a homemaker for many years, but also worked in office administration, sales, and interior design retail sales. She was also a long-time member Spencer Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Known for her fun, vivacious personality, Mrs. Conrades enjoyed music, singing, dancing, travelling, and spending time with her family and friends. She was the true matriarch of her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, William Conrades, Jr. of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Carol Ann Ivey of Dallas TX; a brother, John T. Ray Jr. of Charlotte, NC; and a daughter-in-law Wendy Collins Conrades of St Charles, IL. Survivors include her son, William Conrades, III of North Aurora, IL; her daughter in-law, Laurie Lawless Conrades of North Aurora, IL; her daughter, Camellia Conrades Curella of Gastonia, NC; her son-in-law, Anthony Curella of Gastonia, NC; three brothers, Terry Ray of Knoxville, TN, Max Ray of Winston, GA, and Ricky Ray of Matthews, NC; six grandchildren, Candace Robertson of Gastonia, NC, Justin Robertson of Atlanta, GA, William Conrades IV (and wife Sarah Duensing Conrades) of Lake in the Hills, IL, Christopher Conrades (and Erica Dominguez) of St. Charles, IL, Lauren Conrades of New York City, NY, and Timothy Curella of Chandler, AZ; and three great-grandchildren, Rhiannon Wollmuth of Gastonia, NC, Damian Conrades of St. Charles, IL, and Jordan Conrades of Lake in the Hills, IL. Services to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Forest Lawn, 4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208. The visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. and a memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 19, 2019

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Sue Hattersley

January 19, 2019

Candy, only knowing your sweet Mom from our high school days I had forgotten how beautiful she was. You were blessed to have her in your for such a long time in yours. Loosing a mother is like none other, but memories will heal your heavy heart. I'm so glad you have Tony and your children to see you through difficult days. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Tony Curella

January 13, 2019

Dee was the matriarch and love and life of the family. It was always a pleasure to talk with Dee and listen to her stories about family and friends. Dee would always tell great and interesting stories about her children Bill and Candy growing up and the fun times they had together. The most memorable and funniest stories for me were always about the life she lived with Busty her husband. I can remember when I proposed to Camellia the first question she asked me was me was " what is your intention with my daughter young man". Than after we were married Dee would always tell everyone I was the best son in law she every had. It was interesting because I was the only son in law Dee every had. We will all miss love Dee for every.

Stephanie Elkins

January 11, 2019

Dee was so such a sweet, funny lady. I enjoyed her company very much. The thing I enjoyed the most was her smile. I would tell her good morning Miss Dee and she would just smile and say good morning back then we would talk about the weather to she if it was nice enough to go out on the front patio or not. I didn't know Miss Dee very long, but I knew her long enough for her to make a lasting impression on me. She will be missed.