Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Obituary: Marilyn Manning

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.

Marilyn 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.

Marilyn 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.

She 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 Murphy.

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.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Exeter Area Community Foundation Fund Survey

The Exeter Area Community Foundation Fund is looking for your input.

People who are in the 68351 zip code should have received an Exeter community survey in the mail. For those living outside 68351 who would like to fill out a survey, forms will be available at the village office and Generations Bank. We want to here from all of you!

To stay up to date about the foundation, follow us on Facebook at Exeter Area Community Foundation Fund.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Update: FCS Happenings

 Joan Strate created this "Rag Quilt"

Exeter-Milligan STAR:
Front L to R:  Caitlin Murphy, Katie Mounce, Haylee Sheffield, Cookie Koopman. 
Back L to R:  Samantha Horne, Hannah Horne, Kayla Bonds, Ashley Benorden.

FCS Happenings at Exeter-Milligan by Mary Lou Vossler, FACS Instructor
Exeter-Milligan FCCLA STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) participants attended District #4 STAR on Monday, January 19th at the York Middle School. 
STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through the following activities:
· cooperative – teams work to accomplish specific goals
· individualized – an individual member works alone to accomplish specific goals
· competitive – individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria.
Results and medal placement for those individuals who competed in STAR are:
Caitlin Murphy:  Recycle & Redesign:  From Rags to Rugs.  Gold Medal winner and will advance to State Leadership Conference.
Hannah Horne, Kayla Bonds & Katie Mounce:  Illustrated Talk- Electronics Down.  Gold Medal winners and will advance to State Leadership Conference.
Haylee Sheffield & Cookie Koopman:  Illustrated Talk- Pressure for Perfection.  Silver Medal winners.
Samantha Horne & Ashley Benorden:  Illustrated Talk- The Truth About Tanning.  Silver Medal winners.

Joan Strate created this "Rag Quilt" out of scrap polar fleece that was within the FACS Dept.  She cut various sized squares out of hunter's orange, moss green, tan, horse motif, camouflage and leaf motif.  This was the easy part, next was how to design the layout of the quilt, so that it would be attractive and coordinate. Joan drew out the design of her quilt prior to the construction.  Pinning and sewing the smaller squares together and than making them into rows with the larger squares was her next step.  Finally attaching all the rows of quilt squares and clipping the seam allowances finished off the project.  Joan is hoping to embroider a simple horse motif in the hunter orange squares to complete her quilt.
Adult Living:  Students are trying to make an awareness for the less fortunate.  Please remember that Broc Mueller and Brody Kresak are having a clothing drive. They are requesting slightly used clothing, coats, mittens etc...a donation box is located at both school sites and will be available at the home sporting events.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Update: Second Grade Letters

Second Grade News by Marla Weber, Exeter-Milligan 2nd grade teacher

Second graders at Exeter-Milligan Public Schools started a unit on friendly letters as a part of their writing curriculum. In this unit, students learned the different parts of friendly letter and how to address envelopes. To practice this new concept, students have been assigned pen pals, children in Friend Public School’s second grade. This unit helps students hone writing skills, practice the five parts of a friendly letter writing, and become acquainted with another student. The pen pals will exchange letters back and forth for the remainder of the school year, or if they wish, they may continue writing to their new pals. To culminate this unit, the Exeter-Milligan students plan to invite their pen pals to join them for a special day later this spring.

Pictured are the 2nd grade students with their letters:
Back L to R: Ayla Kahler, Aidan Vavra, Michael Bartu, Jayden Capek, and Liberty Johnson
Front L to R: Kierra Papik, Emma Meyer, Joleen Vossler, and Carter Milton