Dorothy Frances Manring

Dorothy Frances Manring

Dorothy Frances Manring, 86, of Indianapolis, died Friday May 3.

Dorothy was born in Tientsin, China, on Nov. 23, 1926, the daughter of Raisa Hotimsky and Staff Sgt. Frank Filipiak. She was formally adopted by Jess T. and Naomi Peyton in 1931.

Her parents sent Dorothy to live with relatives in the U.S. and she graduated from high school in Garfield, Wash., in 1942.

In December 1946, she married Ensign Ben Manring. In 1951, they had their first child, Rebecca Jane. Nicholas Jordan followed in 1953. A second son, Keith Guy, was born in 1963.

After Ben retired from the Navy they moved to Seattle, Wash., where the couple launched an export company. Dorothy worked as a volunteer with Girl Scouts. She also joined Altrusa, where she took on increasingly important leadership roles. She was a member of Overlake Park Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Wash., and Rose Hill Presbyterian Church in Kirkland, Wash.

Ben preceded her in death in 1996. She moved to Indianapolis in 2010 to be closer to family.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Tim Bagwell (Bloomington), Bea Lueben Manring (Chennai, India) and Ann Manring (Indianapolis). She also is survived by seven grandchildren: Nathan Gwinn of Yakima, Wash.; Frances Peterson, currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay; Austin Manring of Cheney, Wash.; Dimitri Manring of Garfield, Wash.; and Camelia, Lily and Rose Manring of Indianapolis. She also has three great-grandchildren: Beritt Gwinn of Yakima, and William and Evelyn Bagwell of Indianapolis.

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Contributions in her memory can be made to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington council. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 at First Congregational Church, 7171 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Burial will follow at sea.

Published in The Seattle Times from May 7 to May 8, 2013