Sandra Dayton Manning
February 18, 1939 – July 31, 2019
Sandra “Sandy” Dayton Manning, age 80, of Boca Raton, Florida, passed away on July 31, 2019. Sandy was born February 18, 1939 in Bryn Mawr, PA, the only child of Arthur and Mary Giles. She spent her childhood in Valley Forge, PA and then married Robert W. Manning, Sr. in 1959 in Wayne, PA. They then moved to Freeport, Bahamas in 1964 and relocated to Boca Raton, FL in 1977. Sandy was Director of Volunteer Services at Hospice by the Sea from 1982-1985. She was Executive Director/Fundraiser at Flamingo Gardens in Davie from 1985-1996 and created an aviary providing a home to rescued birds. She was Event Coordinator at the Children’s Museum in Boca Raton from 2000-2015.
In the 80’s she became a Boca Zonta Club member and was a past president. In 2019 she became President of Zonta Club in Deerfield Beach. Sandy loved reading fiction, was a bird and animal lover and had a severe macaw, a family member for over 30 years. Sandy helped create the Special Olympics Chapter in the Bahamas and stayed involved in Palm Beach County.
Sandy is survived by her loving husband, Robert of 60 years, a son Wes (Amanda) Manning of Oakland Park, a daughter, Lynne (Bruce) Ricca and grandson, Brooks Ricca of Tallahassee, FL.
Sandy enjoyed time at home with family members and travels with her children and grandson.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 11am-12pm at Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home, 1100 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432. A Reception will follow immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Zonta Club of Deerfield Beach, PO Box 315, Deerfield Beach, FL 33443.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.BabioneSouthFlorida.com
Celebration Of Life Services
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Babione - Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center
1100 North Federal Highway
Sandra Dayton Manning
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August 19, 2019
I remember the first time I met you. You so impressed me. With all due respect to your natural complexity, your candor helped me feel as if I knew you in an instant. It helped that I knew Lynne. The mother of such a wonderful women had to be special.
Your love for animals, for birds in particular, and that connection to Flamingo Gardens - it resonated with me. But, it was your passion for service and your dedication to Special Olympics that most impressed me. I loved hearing Bruce share his gratitude after volunteering with you at Special Olympics events. You embodied the motto ‘let me win, but if I can't win, let me be brave in the attempt.’
I admired your no-nonsense way. You helped bring my attention to what matters. You left a lasting impression. You are like that decorated drill sergeant that deserves respect. The closer we look at that exterior uniform, the more we learn about your true interior. I see all those ‘Heart, Soul & Service’ medals. I looked closer, and recently saw your Soroptimist International Women of Distinction honor. In life, as a member of Zonta, you helped advance the status of women. In death, you help me realize I need to snap to attention. Thank you.
Death is sad, but it is a gift to the living. I salute you for your good life, for setting an excellent example, and for helping me focus on what really matters. ❤️
August 19, 2019
I met Sandy and Bob in Freeport in the 60's. We always had a great time. Sandy and I played Yahtzee at the pool until one of our "shows" came on in the afternoon. Sandy always made me feel at home when I came for vacation from NY. I will always miss my friend.
August 18, 2019
Sandy Manning was a dedicated and ever-present participant in all of the activities at the Children's Museum of Boca Raton throughout my Board presidency. I knew that we could always depend on Sandy and her devoted husband Bob to do more than their shares to plan and carry out a plethora of events aimed at entertaining and educating children or for fundraising efforts.
In addition to respecting and admiring Sandy, I cared about her as a simply lovely person to count as a friend. She will be very much missed by all who were privileged to know her.
August 11, 2019
Sandy was my Dad’s only niece and my cousin. My nickname is Honey, even though , nowadays, I introduce myself as Helen.
My first memory of Sandy was the time I spent the night at Sandy & Bob’s home. Lynn was still a baby. Wes had not been born yet. I was probably about 9 or 10 years old.
Sandy and I spent the evening together in such a sweet way. Bob might have still been at work.
I remember how Sandy sat me on the piano bench with a tall upright piano behind me. Sandy brushed and filled my hair with “Spoolie” curlers. The next morning she took the curlers out and I was thrilled to look just like Shirley Temple! I loved the way the curls bounced as I walked!
That day we drove to the seashore and loaded onto Bob’s father’s large fishing boat.
I remember Sandy holding Lynn in her arms saying that Lynn was terrified of the water.
On the beach Sandy holding Lynn would walk close to the water and Lynn would scream bloody murder. Sandy walked away from the water and Lynn would settle herself. And so it was, back and forth to the water and away, as if confirming a science experiment!
We had such a fun and relaxed day. It’s funny how the mind remembers bits and pieces of certain memories.
But what stays firmly in my heart is the kindness, warmth, humor and love that Sandy exuded. She cared deeply and was always ready to fight for the rights of others. She was a pillar of strength. I loved her dearly and miss her sorely.
God’s speed Sandy!
I love you,
Rob and Carol Taylor
August 10, 2019
Rob and I have so many fond memories Sandy! We lived nextdoor to Bob and Sandy 38 years ago.
We had just gotten married and my Mom had passed away. Sandy was like a Mom and a best friend to me.
One day Sandy and I decided to have a glass of champagne. Well it lead to a few bottles, we got smashed! Rob came home from work and didn't think it was too funny. We could not contain our laughter!
Another time, Sandy had been complaining about toads leaving droppings on her pathway. So Rob and I decided to eat a cans of large pitted olives one night so we could put them all over her pathway. In the morning, she couldn't get over all of the toad droppings! We still laugh about it today!
Sandy was a wonderful seamstress! She guided me with the sewing of our first childs baptism gown. Both of our children, Westee and Collin have worn it. Yes Wes, we named Westee after you! What a stinker child! Hopefully any future grandchildren will wear this very special gown and I'll always think of Sandy!
Everything Sandy did, she mastered! She was so smart, loving and compassionate about her family and work.
Rob and I will miss Sandy dearly! I know we will see her again one day.
Sandy is Living.. she's with her German Shepherd and Miss Bird!
You are in our prayers Bob and the children. How lucky you all were to have had Sandy!
Rob and Carol
August 8, 2019
I know her as Mom II. She was my second mother. I have so many awesome memories.... from Wes and I sneaking out of the house for our first drunken evening and being caught, because we had no idea what we were doing, to Mom II figuring out that when I presented my first born to her, Serrajulia, that she was allergic to milk. Mom II saw both of my kids grow and grow... always a classy lady... always strong.... Always had an opinion of my girlfriends, she was usually right.... I will miss her tremendously.... love you always Mom II...