Dessie Lee Manning was born May 20, 1921 in America, Okla., to parents were Roy Sanders and Callie Lou Sanders.
She was united in marriage to James Dea Potter in 1937, from this union was born three daughters, Bonnie Fay (McDade) who had three children, Khristeen, James (Jimmy) and Susan, Rosie Lou Tooman had two daughters, Kathy Lee (Kate) and Audrey Dawn, and Jan Dea (Plain) had three children John Weslee (Wes), Tonya June and Jerry Evan.
After James’ death she worked hard to support her three daughters alone. In 1960 she married the Rev. Tom Virgle Manning — known by everyone as “TV” Manning — whom she loved very much and he adored her. From this union she inherited seven great-children she loved very much. Manon, who had three children: Leo deceased, Sherri and Michael. Dean, who had only one daughter, Gayle. Vanny had three children, Gary, Doreta and Gary. Dorrance had four children, Darrel, Daniel, Danna and Donna. Jenny had three children: Katheran, Thomas and David. Mary had two children Mickeal, deceased, and Scott and David. The youngest was Virgil, who had four daughters Lari, Ronna, Tonya, and Stephanie.
Mom used to call them her “wonderful seven” and she loved them very much.
After brother Tom passed away mom was so lost until Vanie had a heart attack, so mom was very busy helping care for him, until he recovered enough to go to Washington state to be with his family, then she was alone again.
She taught Sunday school from small children to adults. She worked at vacation bible school for a number of years and kept books for her home church in Pratt, Kan. She used to get up before daylight and make her spudnut dough, to make spudnuts for the church to sale to raise money for missions or to pay a bill.
She was kind and soft spoken but you knew when she said “no” she meant it. She worked in the Kansas conference with brother Tom helping do all kinds of things from church camp to youth camp.
She has 45 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Dessie parted this world at the age of 92, at 2:15 p.m. Aug. 13, 2013 in Tyler, Texas.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Palestine, with Dr. Barry Roberts and Dorrance Manning officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, Kan.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Dorrance Manning, Darrel Manning, Daniel Manning, John WesLee (Wes) Plain, Steve Holmes, Lee Petrie and Freddie Pryor.
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