Elizabeth J (MacNeil) Manning, October 23, 1934 – February 3, 2021
Elizabeth (Bette) Jane Manning, formerly of Brockton, MA and of late living in Middleboro, MA passed
away peacefully on February 3rd, 2021 after a period of failing health. Born and raised in Brighton, MA,
Bette graduated from Our Lady of the Presentation High School in 1952, followed by training at Hickox
Secretarial School. She met John Patrick Manning, the love of her life, on Cape Cod in 1955 and they
married in 1960. While living in Brockton for the majority of their adult lives, they successfully raised
four devoted sons, where Bette relished her role as a loving wife and mother. As the kids grew older
Bette began waitressing, enjoying every moment where her outgoing personality and her love for people
shined through. As the nest was emptying, Bette served as an administrative assistant for ten years at
Wheaton College before retiring in 1995.
Bette was predeceased by her husband John after a 60-year marriage of complete and utter love and
devotion. Nothing gave Bette more joy than spending holidays and vacation time with John and their
four sons, Colonel (US Army, Retired) Edward and his wife Beth of Overland Park, Kansas; Colonel (USAF,
Retired) Timothy and his wife Ana Maria Reategui; Dennis and his wife Lori of Massachusetts; and John
and his wife Cindy of Massachusetts, as well as their eight cherished grandchildren.
Bette and John enjoyed their golden years by traveling all over the globe visiting their military sons
wherever they were stationed, while spending summers in Maine and winters in both Florida and Jekyll
Island, Georgia. She loved her nightly cribbage games with John, kayaking, relaxing on the beach,
walking, reading, following the Red Sox, and most of all – shopping!
Bette is also survived by her sister Anne (MacNeil) Moshner of Waltham and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her father, Leslie MacNeil, her mother Mary (Dillon) MacNeil and her brother,
In light of the current restrictions due to the COVID pandemic the family is planning a memorial event for
both Elizabeth and John at a later date.
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