Former Juneau resident Mae Manning died Feb. 11, 2008, in Bakersfield, Calif., after a long battle with lymphoma. She was 77.
She was born Feb. 16, 1930, at St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau, to Marko and Velika Dapcevich. She spoke the Yugoslavian language and learned to speak English in school. She was conscientious and took pride in her math and typing skills, her family said. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1949.
She worked as an usherette at the local movie theater when she met her husband, a young and handsome U.S. Coast Guardsman, her family said. They were married on Jan. 4, 1949. In 1951, they moved to Bakersfield, his home, where they stayed.
According to her family, she was an avid sports fan. She attended all of the games played by the Bakersfield College Renegades, where all her sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter played football, baseball and softball.
Her family said she was known as a tenacious, loyal and loving wife; mother; pillar of strength; entrepreneur and friend; and grandma and nanny, who was supportive and inspiring. Mae was the heart of the Manning family, they said.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and five sisters, Ann, Olga, Bessie, Helen and Stella Dapcevich.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jeff Manning; four children and their families, David Manning, Denise Audap, Dean Manning, and Dennis Manning; and cousins, Bill, John and Don Dapcevich, Violet Cope and Natalie Alton, all of Juneau.
Services were held Feb. 15 at Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary and Cemetery in Bakersfield.