Manning, Betty A. Betty A. (Otto) Manning died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at her home in Centennial, Colorado shortly after being surrounded by her children and other family members and dear friends. She was born July 18, 1923 in Denver to Frank J. and Helen Ruth Otto. She was married to Robert L. Manning, Sr. on June 19, 1946. They were married 53 years, and together, had four children and eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Mrs. Manning was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1999 and also by her sisters, Ruth Eileen Otto and Jane Moynihan. Mrs. Manning was a graduate of North High School and the University of Denver. She was an avid golfer and was involved in many charitable activities across the community. Betty created a home full of warmth, love, beauty and fun. In Betty's eyes you were always the most important person in the room. She was always available to and supportive of her family and friends. Whether it was games of bocce or Spite and Malice or picnics in the forest behind her home or even emails if you were far away, Betty was there with her kind and fun-loving spirit. She was a voracious reader and an excellent cook. Mrs. Manning was the world's best grandmother, and took great delight in being with "The Grands", and her ever-increasing number of great-grandchildren. She was a champion of children and family values, and this commitment led her to leadership of Colorado Christian Home (now The Tennyson Center for Children), where she served as president. She is survived by her children: Robert L. Manning, Jr. (Janet) and Nancy M. Hill (Buzz) of Denver, Cathy M. Smith (Warren) of Flagstaff, Arizona, and John D. Manning (Wynne) of Cody, Wyoming, grandchildren: Rebecca M. Mayes, Robert L. Manning, III, Whitney Hill Sowles, Stephanie Hill Said, Theodore L. Hill, III, Chad M. Smith, Christopher W. Smith, David W. Manning, Courtney M. Jensen, Shelby M. Gilliatt, and Kelsey M. Peterson, and 18 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Manning may be sent to the Tennyson Center for Children, 2950 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, or Family Time Training, 5511 S. Youngfield Street, Littleton, CO 80127.
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