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“Eternal rest grant unto you. You were a wonderful friend. What fond memories I have of our good times. Rest in peace. ”
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“Sister Leona was a delight. I have such fond memories of her at Marycrest and of her meeting my three children at homecoming in 2009. She latched on...Read More »
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“I don't believe there are words enough to describe Sister Leona Mary! What a joy she was to all. I have known her the last ten to twelve years....I...Read More »
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Sister Leona Mary Manning 90 died Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston, IA. Services at Bishop Drumm were held. Visitation will be, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, beginning with a Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and concluding with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center, Magnificat Chapel, 820 W. Central Park Ave, Davenport. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Wednesday in the Magnificat Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home assisted her community with services.

Leona Elizabeth Manning was born February 4, 1922 to James and Mary Catherine Smith Manning in Granger, IA. On September 7, 1943, she entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, professing vows on July 17, 1946. She received a BA in Elementary Education from Marycrest College, an MS in Library Science from the University of Iowa.

Her ministry in elementary education in Iowa schools included Cosgrove, Ottumwa, Des Moines and Fort Madison. She also taught in Santa Paula, California and Great Falls, Montana. She served as a librarian at Gehlen High School in Le Mars and Dowling High School in Des Moines, finally in 1984 at Marycrest College, Davenport. She retired to the Humility of Mary Center in 2002 and then to Bishop Drumm in 2011, where she resided until her death.

Sister Leona Mary was preceded in death by parents, brothers James, Clement, Jack, Patrick and Robert, sisters Agnes, Catherine, Henrietta and Rose. She is survived by her sister Rita Hettich of Dousman, WI, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as Sisters and Associates of her CHM community.
Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Humility of Mary.