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Gurley Mae Manners

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On April 26, 2016 @ 9:43 am In Obituaries | 5 Comments

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Gurley Mae Himes Manners, 96, a resident of Homestead Village, Lancaster, Pa., died Sunday, April 24, after a weekend surrounded by family and loved ones.

She was born in Dagus Mines, Pa., the daughter of the late Anges J. and Robert Myrrh Himes. In addition to her parents and sister, Ruth Rindosh, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Manners, and a grandson, Timothy C. Manners.

She is survived by her daughter, Melodee A. Titus, and her fiancé, Terry Hassay, of Youngstown, OH.; her son, Charles R. (Chuck) Manners, and his wife, Beth, of Lancaster; grandchildren Charles J. and Kathryn J. Manners, of Lancaster; her son, Timothy L. Manners, and his wife, Norma, of Humble, Tx., and grandchildren Conner and Leah Manners and step-grandchildren Victor Perez and Toni Elias, all of Humble. Also surviving are several cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends whom she cherished.

Gurley graduated from Brockway Area High School and attended Case Western Reserve University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She taught art in Pennsylvania schools for approximately 20 years.  She also displayed her art work in various locations and shows, was a member of the Oil City Art Council and painted a dozen large murals.  She had a lifelong interest in art and writing and enjoyed sharing her talent throughout her life.

She participated in a range of organizations in the communities in which she lived, including the YWCA, ADK teaching sorority, Belle Lettres, Ladies Golf Association, P.E.O. and was a member of Eastern Star for over 60 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Brookville for many years and later a member of First Presbyterian Church in Oil City.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the Homestead Village community, and especially the staff of the Apostle’s Care Center, for the friendships, support and care Gurley enjoyed. Gurley wished that any memorial contributions be directed to the United Disabilities Services Foundation or the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, both in Lancaster.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the Glassford Room at Homestead Village, 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, PA with Chaplain David Longenecker officiating. Friends may call at Homestead Village on Saturday from 10:30 A.M. until the time of the service.  Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Temple Cemetery, Hazens, PA.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to United Disabilities, 1901 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA 17601 or to Schreiber Pediatrics, 625 Community Way, Lancaster, PA  17603.

Condolences for the family of “Gurley Mae Manners”

Condolence from Sharon Elaine on April 26th, 2016 10:21 am

Extending my deepest condolences to Gurley’s family. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalms 23. “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live… Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe…” May your precious memories and the wonderful promise of the resurrection bring you peace. Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, neither have there been conceived in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9. 2 Corinthians 1:2; John 11: 23-25.

Condolence from Janet Rupert Betz, fellow teacher with Melodee on April 27th, 2016 7:15 am

Dear Melodee and family, My condolences to your family on the passing of your mother. She sounds like a wonderful person. No one can ever replace our mothers. May memories of her warm your hearts.

Condolence from Leigh Ann DePope on April 27th, 2016 12:42 pm

My deepest sympathies for your loss. I adopted her and Charles as grandparents and have many fond memories of them. She was a beautiful person and wonderful artist.

With love, Leigh Ann

Condolence from Wayne Kocher on April 27th, 2016 1:22 pm

Melody and Chuck. So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She lived a good and long life. . . . And had a couple great children to carry on her legacy. I will pray for the repose of her soul.

Condolence from Sharon Shreffler on April 27th, 2016 2:49 pm

Dear Melodee,
Saddened to hear of your beautiful mother’s passing….she was such as a wonderful lady.
May God be with you in the coming days. Miss you!

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