Christine Rhea Manning went to be with her Lord on April 18, 2020, at the age of 94. She was born on June 10, 1925, in Quanah TX and later lived in Gainesville TX where she graduated high school and went to work for the Red Cross on an Army base during World War II. This is where she met Bill Manning who was serving in the Army on the base. When she was 18 years old and he was 33 years old, Chris traveled to Natchitoches LA on a cold Christmas Eve in 1943 and married Bill. She worked hard to care for her family and support her husband while he built his various businesses. She cared for her husband’s parents for eleven years until their death a month apart. They were blessed with four children and made a lovely home at Evergreen Lodge on Cane River. Always the supreme hostess, she welcomed friends and guests into her home. They celebrated their 49th anniversary on Christmas Eve 1992, one day before Bill passed away.
After completing her family obligations, Chris became a Realtor in the late 1970’s and partnered with Fay Norman and Carol McCoy to establish Cane Heritage Realty. She helped so many in buying or selling their home and cared a great deal about those she served for 38 years. Chris was a member of First Baptist Church, serving as GA Director for several decades and in other capacities and was a member of her beloved Couples Too class. She served as a board member for Habitat for Humanity for many years.
Chris is survived by daughter Kay Steed and husband Jim, granddaughters Mary Steed and Sheridan Steed, all of Austin TX; and daughter Janice Bolton and husband Kevin, grandson Michael Harper and wife Mickey, granddaughter Sarah Prudhomme, all of Natchitoches; and granddaughter Jenny Prudhomme of Asheville NC; great-grandchildren Christopher Harper, serving in the US Air Force, Alex Harper of Natchitoches, Derek Koslowski of Houston TX, Madeline Harper of Natchitoches and Brianna Prudhomme of Natchitoches; and great-great-granddaughter Monroe Rae Harper of Salt Lake City UT. She felt like so many others were family-too many to count.
She was preceded in death by husband William (Bill) Manning, son Richard Manning, daughter Marilyn Ann Manning, mother Gladys Parker Haley, brothers Dr. Bill Parker and Dr. Don Parker, and great-granddaughter Hailey Harper.
She loved the Lord and served all her life, was a sacrificial mother and an honorable wife.
She gave all she had and through every trial made life much sweeter because of her smile.
The family would like to thank her Angels on earth Linda Eli and Peedy Mallory for the loving care that allowed Chris to stay at home these last few years; Shelia, Pat, and Suzie who considered her “Nother Mother”; Sam Watson for all the Friday nights out; and her sisters in Chapter AP, PEO where she was a Golden Girl. The family asks that any memorials be made to Samaritan’s Purse or First Baptist Church of Natchitoches. Burial will be at Fern Park Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.2 Corinthians 5:1