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Date published: 1/17/2014

Ruth R. McManis

Ruth Rowland McManis died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Stafford Hospital, at the age of 101.

She moved to Stafford County in January 2010, and, at the time of her death, was living at the Greenfield Senior Living facility in North Stafford. She had lived in Dayton, Ohio, for the previous 45 years.

Ruth was born in Clay Center, Kan., on May 16, 1912, but grew up in Lawrence, Kan. She was a graduate of the University of Kansas, with a degree in music education. The violin was her instrument.

Her husband of 69 years, the late Rev. Lester W. McManis, predeceased her on June 16, 2002. They had three sons, Robert B. McManis (Dundee) of Stafford, Charles R. McManis (the late Dorris) of St. Louis, Mo., and Samuel W. McManis (Kathy) of Flower Mound, Texas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Her family was always the most important part of her life, and she was happiest when she was with them.

After raising her three sons, Ruth pursued two of her interests--music and libraries--as a music librarian at Parrot Library in Old Greenwich, Conn., in the 1960s. When Lester was called to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio, she continued to work in the library field at Dayton and Montgomery County Public Libraries until she retired in 1977. In retirement, she became a volunteer librarian at the Cox Arboretum in Dayton for 25 years, as well as church librarian at St Paul's Episcopal Church, where she was also a member of the altar guild.

After moving to Stafford to live close to her son, she attended Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford, where she was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Aquia Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the New Building Fund, Aquia Episcopal Church, Stafford; St Paul's Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio; or the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.