Mary Elizabeth McManus

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Mary E. McManus

1920 - 2012 WILLIAMSTOWN Mary Elizabeth (Dunavant) McManus, 92, of 196 Southworth St., Williamstown, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Williamstown Commons.

She was born in Jackson, Miss., on May 1, 1920, daughter of Otho Raymond Dunavant and Anna Lee "Dolly" (Stratton) Dunavant. She attended schools in Memphis, Tenn., and graduated from Memphis High School. She was employed in retailing until the outbreak of World War II. She enlisted in the Women's Army Corps until her honorable discharge on Dec. 16, 1945.

Following World War II, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and became a homemaker for her family. In 1957 they moved to Elmhurst, Ill. until 1961, when they moved to Williamstown. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Williamstown.

Her husband, George Louis McManus, whom she married Dec. 30, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, died on May 13, 2003.

She is survived by one daughter, Suzanne Rilla and her husband Paul in Amherst and one son, Raymond McManus and his wife Patricia Guida of Weymouth, MA; four grandchildren, Catherine Rilla, Megan Hiltabidle, Elizabeth McManus and Christina McManus, and five great-grandchildren, Maxwell Hiltabidle, Audrey Hiltabidle, Brianna Gately, Ava McManus and Skyla McManus.

Two brothers are deceased, Raymond Dunavant, and William Dunavant.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Graveside services with military honors will take place Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, MA. There are no calling hours.

Memorial donations are suggested for HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc., or to the activities fund for Unit 2 at the Williamstown Commons through the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. To send a card, flowers, gifts or a message please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2012
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