Marilyn Marie Manning was born in Exeter, Nebraska to Frank and Helen (Komarek) Murphy on August 1,1930, and passed away on February 7, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 84 years, 6 months, and 6 days. She had two sisters and two brothers who preceded her in death.
was raised south of Exeter on a farm. She attended country school,
parochial school, and then high school at Exeter Public School in
Exeter, Nebraska. She graduated from high school in 1947. She then
moved to Lincoln to live with her sister, Madeline while she attended
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received her Teaching
Certificate. She returned to Exeter where she taught school for two
years. In 1949, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas B.
Manning. They resided in Exeter for one year, and then moved to Burress,
Nebraska where they raised their eight children. Marilyn’s passion in
life was to raise her children by example. She lived her life to love,
laugh, and learn. Each day was filled with just that. She passed these
gifts on to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She
was compassionate, and always giving in all that she touched. She taught
her children and grandchildren to be truthful, fair, and hardworking.
She always encouraged them to find time for work, play, and enjoy life
to the fullest extent. She shaped their outlook on life to “be the best
that you can be.” Her greatest joy was having family gather for holidays
with all the laughter, fun, and excitement of the family interacting.
was married to Thomas B. Manning on June 11th, 1949. They spent their
Honeymoon at Grand Lake, Colorado. To them eight children were born. She
and her husband Tom had an everlasting love. They loved and respected
each other in all walks of life. Getting away for a couple days to
celebrate their anniversary was important to them. Most years they would
take the family to Grand Lake, Colorado in the summer to enjoy the
beauty of the mountains. They continued this tradition as a couple
through the years. Their most recent trip to Grand Lake was this past
September to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.
Marilyn was active in the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. She was a member of the Altar Society.
enjoyed membership in GFWC Women’s Club, during which she organized the
Arbor Day tree planting for which a tree was planted, and a book given
to each baby born in the Exeter area during that year. She loved giving
back to the community. Marilyn was also the leader for the “ Pins and
Pans” 4-H club, mentoring these young girls in cooking skills, sewing,
crafts, and much more. During this time, she wrote a grant to Readers’
Digest for start-up funding to develop a park by the library. The grant
was approved, and hence “Story Book Park” was born located behind the
City Library in Exeter.
Most enjoyable for her, was being part
of the neighborhood. The ladies started their own club, “Burress
Belles”. They celebrated life events, birthdays, and good friendship.
She hosted her final gathering two days prior to the onset of her
debilitating illness. Her dedication to neighbors, friends, and family
was present to the very end of the generous life of this remarkable
lady. She will be remembered as a fabulous wife, mother, cook, talented
writer, and exceptional caring and kind lady. She will be eternally
loved, and forever missed.
She was preceded in death by
daughter Clara Lynn Manning-Fletcher; sisters Madeline Landgren,
Catherine Janet McAuley; and brothers Francis Murphy, and Patrick
She is survived by husband Thomas B. Manning, Burress,
Nebraska; sons Thomas David Manning and wife Bette, Fairmont, Nebraska,
Chris Manning and wife Brenda, Exeter, Nebraska, Mark Manning and wife
Leanne, Crete, Nebraska, Kent Manning and wife Cindy, Burress, Nebraska,
Matthew Manning and wife Heather, Lincoln Nebraska; daughters, Melinda
Hofferber, Westminster, Colorado, Jennifer Harris and husband Mark,
Lincoln, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
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