Evelyn Roberta Manning, 83, of Washington, D.C. and formerly of Le Mars, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, in Arlington, Va., near her home in Washington, D.C.
Evelyn was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Le Mars, but lived much of her early life in Kingsley. She had a long and distinguished employment career mostly with the Federal Government before retiring in 1999 with 49 years of government service. During her employment, travel and studies, she lived in or visited 38 foreign countries.
Evelyn attended the one room country school (Garfield Township No. 6) near Kingsley, Kingsley High School, and graduated from Le Mars Central High School, class of 1936 with her sister, Eileen.
After graduation from high school, she attended college for a year at Westmar College in Le Mars and was later employed in Le Mars and Des Moines. In 1942, she joined the U.S. Government workforce in Washington, D.C. with the Department of State. Her duties with other government agencies carried her to San Francisco, Africa, Italy, The Near East, Hawaii, Japan, France, Great Britain, Columbia, Venezuela, and other locations.
Evelyn traveled and studied in Spain, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Greece, Switzerland, and other countries.
After six years of duty in the Air Force Attache Office in Bogota, Columbia, she returned to Washington, D.C. and enrolled for study at the George Washington University. She received a B.A. in 1966, a first master's degree in 1972, and a second master's degree in 1972. At her retirement in 1999, she was the Chief of the Records Management and Research Branch, U.S. Department of State.
Evelyn was skilled as an author of short stories and had published works. Her stories usually had a humorous ending. She was a fervent equestrian and owned horses from time to time. She joined riding groups in Virginia, Montana, Canada, Mexico and Spain.
Evelyn never married and was the daughter of Raymond A. and Hazel (Sheehan) Manning who died in 1970 and 1978, respectively. Her sister, Eileen Shirley Cope, died in 1949 leaving two small children. Evelyn leaves her brother, Gerald Manning, and his wife, Janet, of Le Mars, and her brother Jack (John) Manning and his wife, Helen, of Arlington, Va. She also leaves 14 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.
Evelyn will be remembered at a memorial service at 1 p.m., today (Thursday) at the Cardinal Newman Center at George Washington University.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. James Tigges presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. Sunday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. A Parish rosary will be held at 4 p.m. and the Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home on Sunday.
Contributions in Evelyn's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.