Mary Helen Manwaring, age 82 of Chapman Lake and previously of Mentone, passed away quietly at home on Thursday, March 18, 2021. She was surrounded with the love of her children at the time of her passing.
Born on October 10, 1938, she was the daughter of Everett E. and Bernice M. (Myers) Miner. She grew up in the Syracuse-North Webster area. She was a 1957 graduate of Syracuse High School and went on to graduate from Ball State Teacher’s College. She was crowned as Miss Wawasee and Queen of the Lakes and spent summers working as a lifeguard at Oakwood Resort.
She was married to the love of her life, Frank N. Manwaring, on August 14, 1960 in Warsaw. The pair met while Mary was working as a carhop at Sand’s Drive-In. The pair shared 59 years together before his passing on August 18, 2019.
In addition to her beauty, Mary was kind and giving. She also had a competitive side and enjoyed bowling and golfing where she shot several holes-in-one. She liked birdwatching, cooking and loved animals of all kinds. She was a member of Tippecanoe Country Club and Venice Golf and Country Club, wintering in Florida for more than 25 years. She was a proud Christian and loved Jesus with all her heart; she was a former member of Mentone United Methodist Church and member of Dutchtown Brethren Church.
Time spent with family was most important to Mary. Her heart was most full when her home was full of family and laughter. Those who miss her most include her daughters, Julie (Scott) Reed of Warsaw and Jennifer Manwaring of Warsaw; son, Neil Samuel Manwaring of Warsaw; grandchildren: Grant Reed of Warsaw, Griffin Reed of New York, Anna Manwaring of Anderson, IN and Zane Manwaring of Clemson, S.C. and brother, James (Fern) Miner of Thorntown, IN. In addition to her husband, Frank, Mary was preceded in passing by her parents.
A Life Celebration® is entrusted to Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw where friends may gather on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 3 to 6 p.m. Family friend and retired pastor Jack Worth will officiate Mary’s funeral beginning at 6 o’clock. Burial will take place privately at Mentone Cemetery.
Those wishing to express their sympathy through memorial gifts may direct funds to either of the following causes: Claypool Elementary’s Nurturing Knights Program (checks payable to Claypool Elementary PTO) or to Dutchtown Brethren Church. Written condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com