MAMMOTH SPRING -- Just over a month ago, former Thayer resident Crissie Conley began having health problems. She went to the doctor and learned she had a heart murmur. Her heart would also skip beats and she would wake up in the night with her heart beating fast.
Conley lives in Jonesboro where she was working full time at Sam's Club. Because of her condition her workload has been cut back to part-time.
A doctor in Jonesboro has ordered several tests for Conley that will probably lead to the need for a heart monitor. She has no health insurance and is in need of help from the community to purchase the monitor and help with other medical expenses.
A country music benefit has been planned for her Sept. 30 at the George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame Theater. The theater is located at 271 Main Street in Mammoth Spring. The benefit will feature the Southern Drifters and the Hurricane Creek Band. The show will start at 7 p.m. and admission will be by donation.
Several other benefits have been set for Conley including the giving away of a California King Yellow Rose of Texas quilt made by her sisters, mother and father. The quilt was on display at Simmons 1st Bank at Mammoth Spring. Her father, Jim, has collect-ed baseball cards for many years, and with the help of K-Kountry 95 announcer Mike Crase, the cards were auctioned off on the radio station.
Conley is the daughter of Jim and Meda Conley of Thayer. She spent all her school days in Thayer Public Schools and graduated in 1997. She attended college at Crowley's Ridge College, Ozarka College and Arkansas State University.
A bank account for donations to help Conley has been set up at Simmons 1st in Mammoth Spring. For more information call 417-264-3380 or 264-7015.