Mrs. Marta Kathryn (Wolf) Manning, 77, of Bartlesville, died at 1:38 A.M. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at her home surrounded by her children following a lengthy illness.
Wake services for Marta will be held at 6 P.M. on Sunday, January 27, at Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel, Bartlesville, Deacon Jerry Rutherford officiating. The funeral mass will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday, January 28, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church in Bartlesville, Father Chris Daigle officiating. Following cremation, interment will be at a later date in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Oklahoma City.
Marta was born in Oklahoma City, OK on October 13, 1941 to Martin and Kathryn (Tener) Wolf. She grew up in El Reno, OK where she attended Sacred Heart Catholic School until the 8th grade; her family relocated to OKC where she attended Mount St. Mary's High School graduating in 1959. She was crowned Annual Queen her senior year.
After high school, Marta became involved with the YCW (Young Christian Workers), it was during this time she began her lifelong pursuit of service towards others. She started dating James (Jim) Manning at this time and they were married on December 28, 1963 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in OKC. Jim and Marta moved to Bartlesville in 1965.
Jim and Marta were members of St. James Catholic Church from its inception in August of 1965. They were both active in the community of St. James acting as Eucharistic ministers and founders of the Mardi Gras celebration which began in 1978.
Marta was elected to the Bartlesville School Board in 1991 with the intent of saving Central Middle School from closure, which was successful. She continued serving on the board until 2011, acting as President from 2008 to 2011. Marta was also active in numerous organizations in Bartlesville, including serving on the board of the Boys and Girls Club, president of the La Leche League, member of the Service League, as well as many others. She was a passionate supporter of the Kiddie Park and wrote the song "The Last Train Ride" about her experiences at the park, which is played at closing and the lyrics are etched in stone near the entrance.
Marta was an avid Bartlesville sports fan attending countless sporting events and other extra-curricular activities of her six children, which she continued to support even after her children graduated. She loved spending time with family and vast extended family, especially at the yearly Manning family polka gathering at Czech Hall in Yukon and the annual Bob Wills Birthday Bash in Tulsa. She loved traveling to visit her grandchildren and supporting them in sports and other endeavors.
Marta was beloved by many in the community of Bartlesville and beyond. She made an immense impact on people's lives, serving as a friend, mentor, and motherly figure. She will be missed by her family and friends whom she loved and who loved her so much.
Marta is survived by her six children, James Martin "Jimmy" Manning and wife Brandy of Coahoma, TX, Robert Francis "Rob" Manning and wife, Tonya of Overland Park, KS, Andrew Michael "Andy" Manning and wife Courtney of Oklahoma City, Johanna Kathryn "Jo" McCarthy and husband Tom of Lee's Summit, MO, John Adam "Jacky" Manning and fiancée Karen Peterson of Bartlesville, and Daniel Joseph "Danny" Manning and wife Jaylie of Bartlesville, and sister Mary Ann Pryor of Oklahoma City. She is survived by ten grandchildren, Joseph, Kathryn, Taylor and Sarah Manning; Roan, Calum, Sullivan, and Benen McCarthy; Samuel and Henry Manning. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Marta was preceded in death by her husband, James (Jim), her parents, Martin and Kathryn (Tener) Wolf, and her brother-in-law, Jerry Pryor.
Memorial donations may be made to Bartlesville Public School District, in memory of Marta Manning, ESC, 1100 S. Jennings Ave., Bartlesville, OK 74003; Hopestone Cancer Support Center, 206 SE Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74003; or the Kiddie Park, c/o Bartlesville Playground Association, P.O. Box 405, Bartlesville, OK 74003.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
Published by Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 25 to Feb. 24, 2019.