BENSON - Ella Marie Manley, 87, died at 9:45 a.m., Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Snyder Village in Metamora, where she was a resident.
She was born March 14, 1927, in Wapella, the daughter of Patrick and Ida Fern Keeney Murphy. She married James Manley on July 25, 1952, in Bloomington. He died March 25, 2013.
Survivors include three daughters, Janet (Paul) Griego, Glendale, Ariz., Elaine (Tom) Harms, Roanoke and Laura (Tom) Knoblauch, Normal; one son, Murray (Vickie) Manley, Benson; 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 and one brother, Vincent (Iona) Murphy, Wapella.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and five brothers.
Ella graduated from Wapella High School in 1945. A homemaker, she also worked for State Farm 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 emergency medical technician (EMT) for many years.
Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Charles Beebe officiating. A rosary recital will take place Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the church followed by a visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church, Benson Ambulance or Benson American Legion Post No. 454.