Marion A. Manley, 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on March 18, 2013, at The Pines. She had been courageously living with pulmonary fibrosis for many years.
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She was born in Rutland, July 24, 1927, daughter of Louis A. and Adele (Charlebois) Clifford.
Marion was a 1945 graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy, and graduated from St. Mary's Hospital of Montreal, Quebec, in 1949 as a registered nurse.
She married Donald M. Manley in 1950 in St. Peter's Church.
Marion was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and St. Anne's Society.
She attended our Lady of Seven Dolors Church in Fair Haven during the summer months, which she spent at their cottage on Lake Bomoseen.
She was an avid gardener, loved reading, hours of card playing, and knitting; a sweater for everyone! Spring was her very favorite time of year, and her love of roses and tulips could bring a smile to her face in even the darkest of times.
She is survived by Linda A. Powell, Karen E. Manley, Mark and Wendy Manley, Valerie and Mike Murray, James and companion Marge, and Peter and Margaret Manley; 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Donald in 2011, two daughters, Elaine Turner and Diane Manley, and grandson Stephen Manley.
While her family was her greatest joy, her God and her faith were her greatest loves and sources of strength. These carried her through many recent hard times and she never said " Why me Lord?" This is her greatest legacy. She will be missed deeply.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Burial will be held at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lincoln Ave., Rutland, VT 05701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Clifford Funeral Home.
Published in Rutland Herald on Mar. 20, 2013