OBITUARY - THELMA "DARLENE" (MOFFETT) MANROE
Memorial services for Thelma "Darlene" MANROE, age 81 of Gravity, who died April 3, 2008 at the Clarinda Regional Health
Center will be held at a later date, to be announced. Interment will be at Lenox Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa. In lieu of
flowers, the family has requested that be directed to the family for the blind. Memories can be shared with the family on
our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of
Thelma "Darlene" MOFFETT MANROE was born June 28, 1926 on a farm one mile west of Clearfield in Ringgold County, the
oldest child of Lola Elberta (NEVILLE) MOFFETT and James Edward MOFFETT. She was baptized in the Clearfield Methodist
Church. She was raised in the Clearfield and Lenox area, attending school in Clearfield where she played basketball. She
always looked forward to the school and seeing old friends, whom she stayed in contact with and visited as she was able.
She met Weldon "Jie” MANORE at a local establishment. They were married October 23, 1942 in Albany, Missouri. They worked
for Hale's shows, where Jie ran the merry-go-round and Darlene manned the ticket booth and ran the kiddy cars. When Jie
was called to serve his country in WW II, Darlene went with him to the military bases in the states, including California
and Carolina. Jie was deployed to France and Germany until Germany surrendered. When Jie was deployed overseas, Darlene
returned to Lenox to be with her family. They had worked out a code so she would know he was well and the general area
where he was stationed. Amazingly they were cleaver enough so the letters were mostly untouched by the military sensors.
Upon returning to Lenox they again worked for Hale's shows and Jie later worked for Western Telephone as a lineman. In
1952 they moved to the Kansas City, Missouri area where Jie worked for the gas company for 30 years. When he retired they
moved to Gravity. Iowa to be close to their families and friends. Jie was the love of her life.
Darlene loved her family and was the first to offer assistance to any and all who needed it. She had a great fondness for
animals and had a cat most of her life. She held a particular fondness for a golden retriever "Stormy" that is a companion
to a family member. She would go to visit him and would request for him to visit her at her home or the nursing home, she
said she just wanted to love him, but she gave to him more that she could ever receive.
Darlene adopted her nieces and nephews as her own and loved to entertain them in her home in Sugar Creek, Missouri during
summer school vacations. Her family has many fond memories of those times.
Darlene had many hobbies and was a very talented candle maker. She also did bead work and crocheted. She loved to play
cards and games and visit with her family. She was a huge fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and rarely missed watching a game.
She also had a fondness for music, especially big band and country western.
Left to cherish her memory are her two brothers, Bill MOFFETT and wife Shirley of Littleton, Colorado and Earl MOFFETT and
wife Anna Mae of Thermal, California, sister-in-law Wanda MANROE of Kansas City, as well as many nieces, nephews,
relatives, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, James and Lola MOFFETT, Her husband Jie MANROE in 1984, her sister Delores
AMBROSE and her husband Jack AMBROSE, brother James Edward MOFFETT, Jr., sister-in-law Thelma MOFFETT, brother-in-law Bob
MANORE and his wife Bonnie, a nephew Gary MOFFETT, a niece Christy MANROE and a brother-in-law Charley MANROE.
Darlene lived and loved and laughed a lot and brought joy to many lives.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her!
SOURCE: Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010
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