OBITUARY

Kay Manion Wightman

June 9, 1940September 26, 2021
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Kay Manion Wightman, who cherished both Indianapolis, Indiana and Sanibel, Florida, died on Sunday, September 26, 2021 surrounded by her family at age 81. She was born in Marion, Ohio on June 9, 1940, the daughter of Glenard Leroy and Frances Virginia (nee Hoar) Pierson. Kay attended and graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where she met the love of her life, Marlow William (Bill) Manion, Jr.

Kay was passionate about volunteering, philanthropy and making her communities better places for all. She served as a Vice President of the Junior League of Indianapolis, President of the Christamore Aid Society where she also chaired its annual “Tree Spree” holiday event, President of the Allisonville Elementary School PTO, President of the North Central High School Triangle Club, President and founder of Indianapolis Speech and Hearing, President of the Indianapolis Women’s Retirement Home Board of Directors and Chairperson of the Washington Township President’s Council.

A longtime member of First Median Heights Presbyterian Church, Kay served numerous terms as a Deacon and an Elder. She was a founding member of Chapter EB of PEO. Also while in Florida, she volunteered as a docent at the Sanibel Historical Society.

Kay also enjoyed painting, golf, reading, traveling and walking daily through her neighborhoods. Each of her children proudly display many of her watercolor paintings in their homes. On Thursdays in the fall, winter and spring, Kay could be found at The Dunes Golf Course with the “Nifty Niners” playing a round and enjoying lunch and fellowship afterward. She enjoyed being a member of numerous book clubs. Kay never turned down the opportunity for a new adventure and enjoyed traveling to familiar locations and new destinations with family and friends. She had a special route that she walked each morning when in Sanibel that took her to the Gulf of Mexico where she often stopped for prayer and reflection. Kay had a positive attitude in all that she did, whether her undertakings were great or small. This continued with her own battle against cancer.

Most of all, Kay took great pride in her family. She cherished her four children, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in- law and 13 grandchildren. She was the loving mother of John (Lorelle) Manion, Susan (Richard) Wynne, Virginia (Daniel) Bryan and Michael (Sarah) Manion. She was the proud grandmother of Grant, Brett, Kent and Emma Manion; Margaret (Meg), Jane and Lucille (Lucy) Wynne; William (Emmett), Thomas and Pierson Bryan; and Katherine (Katie), Alexander (Alex) and Theodore (Ted) Manion.

A few years following the untimely death of her husband Bill in 1998 after a noble battle with brain cancer, Kay met and married her late life companion, Fredrick P. Wightman. After 18 years together, Fred passed away on May 1, 2018. Kay is further survived by many cousins, other relatives and numerous friends. She will be forever missed.

Heartfelt appreciation is extended to Joy, Frankie and Life’s Journey Hospice for their kind and compassionate care provided to Kay and her family during her final journey in life.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary- Nora, 740 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240. Her funeral will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, 4701 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205. Graveside services will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Memorials in Kay’s name are appreciated to the Indiana Women In Need Foundation, 8515 Cedar Place Drive, Suite 103a, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (www.iwinfoundation.org); the Autism Society Central Ohio, P.O. Box 272, Worthington, OH 43085 (www.autismcentralohio.org); the Indiana Chapter of JDRF, 225 S. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (www.jdrf.org); and First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church (www.fmhpc.org).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leppertmortuarynora.com for the Manion family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 3, 2021

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Jan & Gary Hoar

October 7, 2021

Kay was so special! I never remember a time when she didn't have a smile going. And so gracious. Gary remembers all the great times with the cousins. Kay will be greatly missed.

sheena knotts

October 6, 2021

I had the pleasure of being one of Kay's treatment nurses at the cancer center. She was a ray of sunshine and to have got to meet and care for her was a pleasure. Her family is the greatest and her biggest pride! I will miss her and her Playlist going during her treatment. You will be missed Kay. Sending love from all of us at the cancer center,
Sheena Knotts

Debbie Dyar

October 6, 2021

I will always remember Mrs. Manion as a huge part of my childhood. Ginny, Sue and I would play together… the Manions lived 2 houses down from me in Steinmeier. She was always so kind, and she was always involved in school, Girl Scouts, etc… Her driveway was our bus stop.☺️ I remember running into Mrs. Manion, and Sue, in Edinburg several years ago, and I told her, “My mom was the perfect working mom (teacher)… and you were the perfect stay-at-home mom.💗”. And when Jim and I had Cass, and I stayed home with her… I thought of Mrs. Manion all the time when Cass was growing up. Thank you, Mrs. Manion, for being such an amazing role model… and for creating such a loving family.❤️

Marjorie Stoneman

October 4, 2021

Dear friends - We send our love and caring thoughts during this time of grief. Kay was full of grace, gratitude and love. We are so lucky to have known her, and we are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you with loving, caring thoughts.

Love, Joe and Marjorie

Nancy Gloin Harris

October 4, 2021

Dear Kay's Family:
It is indeed my misfortune not to know Kay's children. If you are at all like your mother, the world continues to be a better place. Our families have been friends for years, and will continue to be as the families gravestones are close to each other. Your mother was a remarkable and talented individual; charitable and loving to family and friends. I feel honored to have had as many years as a coworker and close friend. Treasure her memories ; many others will also.

Nancy Gloin Harris

Jill Holvoet

October 4, 2021

Our family had the wonderful gift of being a part of the Manion’s lives as our houses backed up to each other, when they lived in Steinmeir. The Manion’s were the most wonderful family in our eyes that existed.
Our annual Christmas Parties together is a favorite memory.
As well as our “popcorn” movie nights.
And when my sister got to babysit when Michael was born.
My heart aches for a world without your mother in it.
Love and Hugs to you - John, Ginny, Susie, Mike, and Families.

Jane Iacobucci

October 3, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Manion family during this difficult time. I have so many wonderful memories of your mom. Playing at your house when we were young and seeing a fawn in your backyard and getting together for the many New Year's Eve celebrations. She will be truly missed. May the loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength. Jane Grafton Iacobucci

Anne Walter

October 3, 2021

To Kay's family, My deepest sympathy to you all. I will really miss my friend, Kay.
She had such a wonderful, positive attitude in everything she did that made being her friend so enjoyable. She was a pleasure to know & I have many lovely memories of our fun times together. God Bless all of you! Hugs, Anne Walter

Rosemary Ryan

October 2, 2021

May you find comfort in knowing Kay’s many friends are missing her and have wonderful memories of our times together.

Judy Tirey

October 1, 2021

Dear Manions'
I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a lady who was so generous with her time....and with such a huge smile. Such a life well lived.
May you all feel the presence of Jesus during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Judy Tirey

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Biography

Kay Manion Wightman, who cherished both Indianapolis, Indiana and Sanibel, Florida, died on Sunday, September 26, 2021 surrounded by her family at age 81. She was born in Marion, Ohio on June 9, 1940, the daughter of Glenard Leroy and Frances Virginia (nee Hoar) Pierson. Kay attended and graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where she met the love of her life, Marlow William (Bill) Manion, Jr.

Kay was passionate about volunteering, philanthropy and making her communities better places for all. She served as a Vice President of the Junior League of Indianapolis, President of the Christamore Aid Society where she also chaired its annual “Tree Spree” holiday event, President of the Allisonville Elementary School PTO, President of the North Central High School Triangle Club, President and founder of Indianapolis Speech and Hearing, President of the Indianapolis Women’s Retirement Home Board of Directors and Chairperson of the Washington Township President’s Council.

A longtime member of First Median Heights Presbyterian Church, Kay served numerous terms as a Deacon and an Elder. She was a founding member of Chapter EB of PEO. Also while in Florida, she volunteered as a docent at the Sanibel Historical Society.

Kay also enjoyed painting, golf, reading, traveling and walking daily through her neighborhoods. Each of her children proudly display many of her watercolor paintings in their homes. On Thursdays in the fall, winter and spring, Kay could be found at The Dunes Golf Course with the “Nifty Niners” playing a round and enjoying lunch and fellowship afterward. She enjoyed being a member of numerous book clubs. Kay never turned down the opportunity for a new adventure and enjoyed traveling to familiar locations and new destinations with family and friends. She had a special route that she walked each morning when in Sanibel that took her to the Gulf of Mexico where she often stopped for prayer and reflection. Kay had a positive attitude in all that she did, whether her undertakings were great or small. This continued with her own battle against cancer.

Most of all, Kay took great pride in her family. She cherished her four children, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in- law and 13 grandchildren. She was the loving mother of John (Lorelle) Manion, Susan (Richard) Wynne, Virginia (Daniel) Bryan and Michael (Sarah) Manion. She was the proud grandmother of Grant, Brett, Kent and Emma Manion; Margaret (Meg), Jane and Lucille (Lucy) Wynne; William (Emmett), Thomas and Pierson Bryan; and Katherine (Katie), Alexander (Alex) and Theodore (Ted) Manion.

A few years following the untimely death of her husband Bill in 1998 after a noble battle with brain cancer, Kay met and married her late life companion, Fredrick P. Wightman. After 18 years together, Fred passed away on May 1, 2018. Kay is further survived by many cousins, other relatives and numerous friends. She will be forever missed.

Heartfelt appreciation is extended to Joy, Frankie and Life’s Journey Hospice for their kind and compassionate care provided to Kay and her family during her final journey in life.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary- Nora, 740 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240. Her funeral will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, 4701 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205. Graveside services will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Memorials in Kay’s name are appreciated to the Indiana Women In Need Foundation, 8515 Cedar Place Drive, Suite 103a, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (www.iwinfoundation.org); the Autism Society Central Ohio, P.O. Box 272, Worthington, OH 43085 (www.autismcentralohio.org); the Indiana Chapter of JDRF, 225 S. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (www.jdrf.org); and First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church (www.fmhpc.org).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leppertmortuarynora.com for the Manion family.