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Date of Passing: Nov 13, 2020

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Our Mother, Our Teacher, Our Friend

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our loving mother, Denise Manning, on Friday, November 13, 2020, at her home in Winnipeg, at the age of 87.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Robert "Bob" Manning; their four children: Lee (Pat/Ani; Tessa, Katie, Ari, Adalie, Grace), Barbara (Rick; Devon), Glen (Margaret; Ayla, John, Adam), Lisa (Jordi; Alex); her two brothers, Keith (Elinor) Davison, and Brian Davison; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Denise was an amazing woman, a wonderful mother, and a beloved grandmother. She had a rewarding and lengthy career in education, and inspired many generations to be the best they could. Denise loved reading, learning, and sharing stories, and took great pleasure in her close friendships. Her warmth, humour, and kindness was felt by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Services for Denise shall be deferred to a later date, when loved ones and friends can gather to celebrate her life.
The family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Comforts of Home Care, and the WRHA's PRIME, home care, and palliative care programs.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Siloam Mission.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I had the very good fortune of working closely with Denise at Frontenac School. Over the years we became good friends. Denise was a very dedicated and compassionate teacher. She managed to develop lasting relationships with the students with whom she worked. Over the years Denise and Bob became a part of our lives as we celebrated many Christmases and other occasions together along with the Bissky’s and Davisons. Our heartfelt condolences to Bob, Lee, Barb, Lisa and extended family. A lovely lady with an infectious personality. Arlene and Bryan Keller - Posted by: Arlene Keller (Friend and colleague) on: Nov 25, 2020

  • Denise was a wonderful teacher, friend and confidant. I meet Denise at Frontenac School where we taught together and became instant friends! This friendship lasted over 40 years! Denise was always enthusiastic, fun loving and inspiring. She became a part of David's and my life as we socialized and celebrated many joyous occasions together, especially at Christmas and birthdays! To Denise, her family was everything! We will deeply miss Denise, and will remember the wonderful times we spent together. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences , Bob, Lee, Barb, Glen, Lisa and all extended family, Thinking of you, Wendy and David Bissky - Posted by: Wendy and David Bissky (Friends) on: Nov 24, 2020

  • Jeff and I both offer our heartfelt condolences to Bob, Lee, Barb, Glen and Lisa most especially and to all extended family. Denise was a huge part of our Mom’s life as a dear friend. Impossible to count how many times they shared coffee and a cig together! She was also a huge part of our lives as a second Mom. I especially appreciated the connection Denise and I had as fellow educators who both worked in the same school division. She will be missed. - Posted by: Kathy Curtis (Family friend) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • I want to send my sincere sympathy and love to the entire Manning family: especially Bob, Lee, Barb, Glen, and Lisa. The relationship the Lawton family had with the Manning family was like no other I have ever known in neighbours. Growing up on Blackberry Bay, our Moms were best friends and whenever necessary, Denise acted as a surrogate Mother to all the kids in our family. Whether it was playing in the basement at 31 Blackberry, eating lunch at the house, having adventures in Lee and Glen's awesome backyard fort, or playing "German Concentration" in their yard, Denise was the one Mom on Blackberry Bay tolerant enough to let all the kids on the street run wild and free, our imaginations unrestrained. Denise was kind, compassionate, and fun. We, as children, were fortunate enough to see our parents have a long and loyal friendship with Denise and Bob and I will be forever grateful for the warm memories I have of Denise in my heart. I bet Helene and Denise are having a coffee and cigarette right now discussing all their kids and grandchildren they lovingly devoted their lives too. Thinking of an amazing lady with a smile on my face, Susan Rebizant (Lawton) xo - Posted by: Susan Rebizant (friend of the family) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • Loved working with Denise at Frontenac. She could always find the good in any situation and did not hesitate to acknowledge those around her for the good they did. Sweet lady. My sincere condolences to all her loving family. - Posted by: Andy Bell (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Dear Manning family, Just saw your Mom’s notice and so sorry to hear of her passing. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, especially a parent. As someone once said “mourning is the price we pay for loving someone.” Just know that she will be in your thoughts and heart always. During my mother’s time with us she often spoke highly of your mom during their times playing bridge...Lee and Barb, during our times in high school and hanging out on BlackBerry Bay,my encounters with your mom and dad were always enjoyable and filled with kindness and great humour. You will always have those memories and that in time you will laugh and smile again when thinking of her. With sympathy Ken Kneeshaw - Posted by: Ken Kneeshaw (High school classmate) on: Nov 21, 2020

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