Eileen McG. Manning, 81, homemaker

September 19, 2006

Eileen McG. Manning, a homemaker and rug maker, died of complications from diabetes Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium, where she had lived since 2004. The former longtime resident of Cockeysville was 81.

Born Eileen McGuiness in Baltimore, she was raised on Belmont Avenue. She was a 1943 graduate of Seton High School, and later of the Bard Avon secretarial school. She worked as a secretary for several years at Koppers Co. and the Sunpapers before leaving to raise her family.

Mrs. Manning was married in 1950 to John J. Manning Jr., an advertising manager for the newspaper. Mr. Manning died in 2004.

Mrs. Manning was active with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland in various capacities, including troop leader, community director, cookie chairwoman, council trainer and camp adviser. She had been grand regent of the local chapter of Catholic Daughters of America and was a member and past secretary of the Emerald Isle Club of Baltimore.

A rug maker, she had been a member of the Pearl K. McGowan Hookcrafters Guild and national and Mason-Dixon chapters of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.

"She and her friends who made rugs joked about being hookers," said a son, Daniel T. Manning of Fawn Grove, Pa.

Mrs. Manning was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Also surviving are three other sons, Dennis J. Manning of White Hall, Baltimore County, Patrick J. Manning of Stewartstown, Pa., and Michael J. Manning of Delta, Pa.; four daughters, Sheila M. Fredenrich of Jarrettsville, Moira R. Manning of Maryland Line, Bridget E. Morisi of Baltimore and Kathleen A. Knowlton of Boynton Beach, Fla.; two brothers, F. Xavier McGuiness of Baltimore and T. Vincent McGuiness of Royal Oak; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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