Betty F. Manning, city schoolteacher

February 25, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Betty F. Manning, a retired educator who taught in city public schools and for more than a decade at the William S. Baer School, died Feb. 12 of Alzheimer's disease at Manor Care Dulaney nursing home in Towson.

The Mays Chapel resident was 86.

Betty Fairbanks Mussington, the daughter of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park.

She was a 1940 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1944 from what is now Towson University.

Mrs. Manning taught kindergarten through fourth grade at Thomas Jefferson Elementary and School 89 in the city from 1954 to 1972.

She spent the last 11 years of her career as an instructional media specialist at the William S. Baer School for students with multiple disabilities until retiring in 1983.

Mrs. Manning, who had lived in Hunting Ridge for 39 years until moving to Mays Chapel in 1997, was also a graduate of the Baltimore School of the Bible.

She was an active member of Valley Presbyterian Church and was a member of its Wednesday Night Bible Club.

Mrs. Manning enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City and Williamsburg, Va., and taking cruises. She was an accomplished cross-stitcher and home decorator.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 17 at her church, 2200 W. Joppa Road in Lutherville.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Michael A. Manning, retired CEO and director of Mrs. M. Manning Inc., manufacturers of Manning's hominy; a daughter, Betsy Manning Treadway of York, Pa.; and a granddaughter.

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