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Marjorie Janet (Jolivette) Manning was born in North Bennington, Vermont, to Carl and Viola (Beecher) Jolivette in 1922. She died on April 2, 2017 due to heart failure.

She is remembered as a warm and vibrant woman who cared deeply for her family, friends and community. She graduated from the North Bennington High School in 1940 and that year received the highest merit level from the Girl Scouts. Graduating from Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont in 1944, she was the lead singer for the Black Panthers jazz group and voted "sweetheart" of the class.

During World War II Marjorie worked in Washington, D.C., for the Army Signal Corps where she met and married Bayless A. Manning in 1945. They next lived in New Haven, CT where Bayless attended law school and Marjorie worked in the Admissions Office, set up a Latin American Studies program and sang in the Connecticut Choir. Their son, Bay, was born in Washington, D.C. where Bayless served as clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stanley Reed.

The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where her daughter Elizabeth was born, followed by a return to New Haven, Connecticut, where son Matthew and daughter Lucia were born. Marjorie volunteered for Recording for the Blind and helped organize a child care center for the PTA. She continued to sing, this time with the New Haven Community Chorus. The family spent another year in Washington D.C. where Bayless served in the Kennedy administration, returning to New Haven and then moving to California, where Bayless became Dean of the Stanford University Law School and Marjorie gracefully handled the many social obligations of that position.

After their divorce in 1972, Marjorie was hired at the Office of Development and then in 1979 became Director of Donor/Alumni Relations in the Stanford University Alumni Office. In this capacity Marjorie led close to 40 alumni travel-study group tours around the world, from the Galapagos to Greece to Guangzhou. At a time when global travel itself was challenging, many of these trips were also physically strenuous: rough weather, steep precipices and poor footing, unexpected white water. Her ability to cope beautifully with everything from cranky jet-lagged travelers to capsized craft in the Cook Islands made her a favorite of everyone involved in these expeditions. While particularly fond of traveling in Japan and Tuscany, North Bennington, Vermont remained at the center of her heart.

In 1985 Marjorie returned to North Bennington to care for her beloved father Carl and enjoy the area's wildlife. An active member of the community for many years, she worked for the Williams College Development Office and served as Trustee for both the Park McCullough House and the Fund for North Bennington.

She is survived by her sons Bay Manning, Matt Manning, by her daughters Elizabeth Manning and Lucia Olson, by her niece Suzanne Roller and by her grandchildren Eryn, Joe, Dylan, and Nathan Manning, Hannah Postel, and Carly Blaney.

Memorials may be made directly to the Fund for North Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 26, 2017
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