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MARILYN JANE MANGES

MARILYN JANE MANGES Marilyn Jane (Otis) Manges, 81, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 7, 2013 at St. Vincent's Hospital. She was positive during her final days and died with dignity and grace. Marilyn was born in Boone, Iowa on September 7, 1931 to Maxine Blake and Warren Franklin Otis. She was the eldest of four children. She was raised in Boone and graduated from Boone High School in 1949. She attended Carleton College and transferred to the University of Colorado where she joined her high school sweetheart and future husband, Gayle Edward Manges. Marilyn and Gayle were married in Boone on August 25, 1951. Marilyn received her B.A. in History, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Colorado in 1955. She loved history and subsequently earned her Master's degree in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico in 1973, while raising her four children. Marilyn and Gayle lived in France from 1956 to 1959. They travelled extensively throughout Europe while Marilyn perfected the art of French cooking before settling in Santa Fe in 1959. Marilyn was quite active in various aspects of the Santa Fe community serving as the librarian for the Santa Fe Preparatory School, working as the Outreach Coordinator for New Mexico's Food Assistance Program, and as a travel agent for Westwind Travel. She loved libraries, and was an active volunteer for Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library. Marilyn and Gayle travelled to far corners of the world, including a one year teaching stint in Cuenca, Ecuador. She especially cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren and sharing adventure stories through her detailed scrapbooks chronicling numerous journeys. When at home, Marilyn loved her friends and family, her bridge clubs, book clubs, knitting groups and playing solitaire on her new I-Pad. Marilyn is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Gayle; children: Boyd (JoAnne Wilder) of Petoskey, MI; Joseph of Santa Fe; Susan (Thomas) of Santa Fe; and Andrew of Santa Fe; six grandchildren: Kirstin, Emily, Robert, Kyle, Hayley and Dylan; sister, Judy; brother, Bill; nieces: Mary, Peggy, Ruth, Terry and nephews, Mike and David. She was a kind, loving and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and a friend of many who will be deeply missed. A Memorial Service and celebration of her life will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Marilyn asks that you donate to Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library or the favorite .


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