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BENSON — Ella Marie Manley, 87, of Benson, passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 2, 2015) at Synder Village in Metamora, where she had been a resident.

She was born March 14, 1927, in Wapella, a daughter of Patrick Henry and Ida Fern Keeney Murphy. She married James V. Manley on July 25, 1952, in Bloomington. They enjoyed 61 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on March 25, 2013.

Surviving are three daughters, Janet (Paul) Griego, Glendale, Ariz.; Elaine (Tom) Harms, Roanoke; and Laura (Tom) Knoblauch, Normal; one son, Murray (Vickie) Manley, Benson; one brother, Vincent (Iona) Murphy, Wapella; eight grandchildren, Kelly Dodson, Bradley (Jennifer) Griego, Amy (Mat Dobie) Harms, Kristen (José La Santa) Knoblauch, Nicholas Knoblauch, Kimberly Knoblauch, Taylor (Ariel) Nieves and Noah (Robin) March; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler, Taylor, Ella, Madison, Anthony and Noah.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and five brothers.

Ella Marie graduated from Wapella High School in 1945. A homemaker, Ella Marie had also worked at State Farm Insurance Cos. in Bloomington and as a waitress at Club 116 in Roanoke.

She was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Benson and a founding member of the Benson Ambulance Squad, where she served as a volunteer EMT for many years.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Catholic Church in Benson. Msgr. Charles Beebe will officiate. A rosary service will be at 9 a.m. and visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. before the service at the church. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Catholic Church, Benson Ambulance or the Benson American Legion.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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