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Kathleen A. Manning
May 28, 1932 - November 15, 2017

Lyons - Kathleen Ann Etzel was born to Simon “Sim” and Katherine “Katie” Etzel on May 28, 1932, in the Historic Brown House in Stayton, Oregon.  She died on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Kathleen grew up in Stayton and graduated from Stayton High School. She met Leland Leroy Manning at a dance and they married on June 17, 1950. They were just two months shy of their 60th anniversary when Leland passed away in 2010.

Leland and Kathleen raised their three children in Lyons, and the family remained a close knit unit even as it expanded.  They loved to travel to Reno and Spirit Mountain, and enjoyed trailer camping in the mountains and at the beach.

Having a real talent for plants and design, Kathleen and her daughter, Cherri, sold arrangements and crafts at holiday markets. This hobby eventually led to the opening of Country at Heart, their flower and gift shop in Lyons.  Anyone who visited was greeted with a cookie and treated as a friend. Her famous sugar cookies were almost as popular as the flowers, and you could always count on Kathleen for a smile.

Kathleen had a remarkable green thumb. The plants in her front window were practically a local exhibit and her hydrangeas outside were unmatched.

Helping others was important to Kathleen. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lyons and could always be counted on to lend a hand in times of need.

Kathleen is survived by her children, Rich (Darlene) Manning, Larry (Rhonda) Manning, and Cherri (Ken) Namitz, her grandchildren, Shawna (Eric) Anundi, Tim (Malissa) Manning, Corey Manning, Chad (Jamie) Namitz, Amy (Ira) Doran, Tara (KC) Manning,  Craig Namitz, and 11 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland (1924-2010), parents, Sim (1898-1985) and Katie (1897-1985), and brother, Darrel (1928-1950).

The family would like to thank Tricia Lyon, Glenn Hilton, and Mountain Creek Care Home staff for their hard work and excellent care. We are eternally grateful.

The Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 24, with the funeral mass at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, both at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Jordan. Graveside services immediately after at Fox Valley Cemetery in Lyons, with a reception following at St. Patrick’s Hall in Lyons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Santiam Heritage Foundation toward restoration of the Brown House or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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