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MILLBROOK - We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear mother, Lillian Pear Manney at the beautiful age of 99 years. We were very lucky to have had her with us for so many years. Our mother was unusual in life as in death.
She was born on September 8, 1913 in New York City to Kate Rotstein and Eddie Pear and was the middle of 3 sisters, Elaine the younger and Edith, the older. Lillian became an artist at a young age and went to Parsons School of Design on a full scholarship and graduated from the University of the State of New York.
Lillian married Julius Manney (Yudi) and had two children, Ellen and Priscilla. The addition of Ken Whiteley, Ellen's husband, and Ben Whiteley her beloved grandson, to our family was a constant joy. She became an art and interior design teacher at Clara Barton H.S. in Brooklyn, where hundreds of teen aged girls loved her. After many years of living in Brooklyn around the corner from Ebbets Field, Lillian and Yudi moved to New Paltz, N.Y. and had a wonderful life there, Lillian always painting, playing tennis and constantly advocating for people with special needs.
When Lillian was 92 years old, she decided to pack up her 4 bedroom house in the country and move to The Fountains in Millbrook, N.Y. She made a lucky move because in her last years she had a wonderful quality of life, with the staff at the Inn (assisted living) caring deeply for her.
Lillian always loved being outdoors and spent much time sitting and watching the play of light on the trees and the shadows the clouds cast. She had a wonderful "eye" and she will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Lillian to Camphill Ghent 2542 Route 66 Chatham, N.Y. 12037|
We would like to invite you to a celebration of Lillian's life at the Fountains of Millbrook 79 Flint Road Millbrook 12545, on November 3, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. in the Living Room at the Inn.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Allen Funeral Home, Millbrook,NY
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5, 2012