Obituary: Geneva A. Manning

Geneva A Manning, 99, rose to her home with Jesus on Monday, June 4, 2018, at the home of her daughter, Kathy (Gronau) Terral, where she had resided since December 2017.

She passed away following a slow health decline. Geneva was born Sept. 13, 1918, the only child of John and Clara (King) Fluke. She lived east of Newton until age 8 when the family purchased land three miles east and three miles south of Newton. Geneva graduated from Newton High School in 1937 and attended Emporia State Teachers College where she received her teaching certification. She taught school at Excelsior and Norris schools from 1938 to 1943. While attending Emporia State Teachers College, she met Byron Manning, and they were married May 13, 1943. After living briefly in Burns, they moved to the farm directly south of her parents where they spent their lives farming, raising fat cattle and running a dairy.

Byron and Geneva raised three daughters who have many happy memories of their childhood. They are Kathy Manning (Gronau) Terral and husband Pastor James Terral III of Girard, Karen Manning Wilson and husband Dr. William Wilson of rural Newton, and Rita Manning Lyon and husband Richard A. Lyon of Olathe.

Byron and Geneva had eight grandchildren: Scott Gronau and wife Allison of Pittsburg, Dr. Kimberly Wilson Flaming and husband Steve of Shawnee, Michael Gronau and wife Emily of Girard, Kevin Lyon and wife Catharine of Fort Worth, Texas, Briana Wilson Kircher of Olathe, Melinda Wilson Newell and husband Pete of rural Newton, Jamie Lyon Kennedy and husband Talley of Olathe, and Joni Wilson Pfeifer and husband Alan of rural Newton.  They had 20 great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Geneva and Byron were active in the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, where both served in many capacities through the years. Geneva was known for her work in the kitchen and, until unable to do so because of health, rarely missed working a church or funeral dinner.

They served as 4-H community leaders for many years including serving in many capacities at the Harvey County Fair. Byron and Geneva were known in the community to provide any and all neighbor children a ride to the Newton High School games, the fair, the school social or any fun activity they may not be able to attend otherwise.

Geneva drove a bus for Newton public schools for 30 years where she received many accolades for her safe driving. She enjoyed hearing from many of her riders long after they became adults and often drove their children in her later years.

Geneva lived a long happy life serving her Lord, her family and her community. She leaves a legacy of happy memories and many who loved her.

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Byron, and a son-in-law, Orin P. Gronau, all of whom welcome her into her new heavenly home.

Visitation will be from to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, with the family receiving from 6 to 8 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton. The service will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 7, at the First Presbyterian Church, 900 Columbus Ave., Newton KS. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.