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