How a rural community rallied around a woman after a tragedy

MT. HOPE, Wisconsin – September 26 may have been a defining day in Robin Conley’s life. What started out as an ordinary day turned tragic when Conley’s husband Ron was killed in a tree cutting accident. Although today is a dark anniversary for Conley, every day since has been a reminder of how many people care about her and her husband.

On Saturday, family and friends continued their outpouring of support, showing up at Conley’s farm at 6 a.m., ready to harvest 165 acres of corn.

“I have people everywhere,” Conley said. “The support from family and friends has been overwhelming. “

Others dropped off later, bringing slow cookers, casseroles and coolers table after table.

For this community, waking up before sunrise to lend a hand was a matter of course.

“I’ve known Ron for about 10 years, never said much but you always knew he was there to help you,” said Chuck Schwab, a friend of the Conleys. “It really is the reason for life. “

With the help of several combines, tractors and semi-trailers, the volunteers say they hope to harvest all the corn today and plan to continue supporting Conley for years to come.

“I just hope this continues year after year,” Schwab said. “I think that says a lot, again, about rural America, farmers help farmers.”

But for Conley, year after year, it’s not quite fleshed out. She says she will take things slowly.

“I’m just going to take one day at a time and see what that looks like in my new normal,” she said.

While she might not know exactly what her next steps will look like, one thing is for sure – she will never walk alone.

“We are so blessed,” Conley said. “You can certainly tell that my husband and I were loved.”

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