Elaine Manby

Elaine L. Manby

Elaine L. Manby, 58, died on November 6, 2013 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence; succumbing from a 4 year battle with breast cancer.

Elaine was born in Hastings, MI to Wayne and Marion (Cooley) Pennock. She grew up in Nashville, MI on the family dairy farm (Mari-Way Farms). She often talked fondly of growing up in the country, but not so fondly of the farm chores!

She attended Maple Valley Schools and graduated in 1974. She subsequently attended and graduated from Spring Arbor College then completed training as a Registered Nurse and became a Certified Oncology Nurse.

Elaine was involved in various capacities in the nursing field; from direct care to manager of medical oncology. She spoke often of how touched she was by the admiration and respect directed toward her by fellow staff and her patients. Until shortly before her death, she was charge nurse of the medical oncology treatment area at the Cancer Care Center, Bronson - Battle Creek.

Elaine married in 1979 to Jon K. Manby and had two children; Aaron Christopher, and Jocelyn Elise. Elaine loved time with family, was active in events related to her profession, and loved attending to her flower gardens. She was a supportive and gracious critic of her husband's hobby of playing and recording music at the home studio!

Elaine is survived by her devoted spouse, Jon; children, Aaron (Amanda) Manby, Jocelyn (Sean) Ireland, and three grandsons; Shennen, Kellan, and Greyson. She is also survived by brother Rod Pennock, and sister, Loraine Curtiss.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Brian Pennock.

A memorial gathering to honor and celebrate Elaine's life will be held on Saturday November 16, 2013 from 1-4pm at Win Schuler's Restaurant in Marshall, MI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: The Cancer Care Center, Patient Medication Fund - Bronson Battle Creek; Haven of Rest Rescue Mission , or In As Much House in Battle Creek.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Nov. 13, 2013