Mary Ethel Manning

March 27, 1931July 10, 2018

Mary Ethel “ME” was referred to by her family as a loving mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a very talented artist, miniaturist, and she loved to work in her yard. She will be deeply missed by all those who loved her.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Eugene Francis Manning, Sr., her parents William and Grace McLeod, and her sister Louise “DeeDee” Price. She is survived by her daughters, Terry Weldon (Paul) and Tina Blankenship (Tony); her sons, Eugene Francis Manning, Jr. (Paige), Barry Manning (Cindy), and Matt Manning (Stacey); her seven grandchildren; Wesley Weldon (Laurie), Wendy Rutan (Neil), Courtney Stodghill (Brad), Krissy Custis (Jim), Tonya Forbus (Curtis), Amber Gilliam (Christopher), Matthew Manning (Amy), twenty one great grandchildren, and one brother William “Bill” McLeod.

Mom loved flowers but requested donations be made to Baptist Hospice of Montgomery or Alzheimer/Dementia Research.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home on Monday, July 16, 2018 with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 am and service beginning at 11:00 am with Rick Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Alabama Heritage Cemetery.


  • Wes Weldon
  • Matthew Manning
  • Curtis Forbus
  • Brad Stodghill
  • Malen Stodghill
  • Christopher Gilliam


  • Visitation Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, July 16, 2018

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Chris McLeod

July 17, 2018

I loved ME. She was wonderful to me when I married into the McLeod Clan in 1991. I loved to visit her and enjoyed looking at her lovely flowers and plants. She was so talented. Her miniature crafts were perfection as well as her paintings and other art. She was a lovely, gracious lady and a perfect sister-in-law. She raised a great family and she was so proud to share their successes. Bill and I have mourned her passing and smiled at fond memories we shared of ME. I am so sorry we could not be there but I am recovering from a spinal fusion. I will always treasure her memory in my heart and I thank God for her life. To her children: you were blessed to have such a wonderful Mother. I know that will miss her forever and I wish you a smile through your tears as you remember the good times. Love you all. Chris McLeod

Tom & Brinda Martin

July 16, 2018

M.E. was a wonderful lady. I remember her big laugh and pleasant welcoming every time we saw her. Her love of family was unquestioned and full of pride. We were blessed to know her.

Allen Brooks

July 12, 2018

Many memories of "ME" and Gene dating back to 1976 when I came by to see my new friend Barry. ME and Gene made me feel welcome and at home. They were both so kind and caring. I especially enjoyed visiting with ME and was fascinated with her talent for making miniature's and she always made time to show me what she was working on currently or had just finished. On January 7,2017 I was in Montgomery for a wedding and asked Barry to arrange a visit with ME as soon as I arrived in town. He did arrange the visit and it was such a good time, my wife and son were with me as well as Danny McSwain, Barry and Cindy Manning and Matt Manning. She showed us the paintings she was working on and the many quilts she had completed. That was the last time I saw her and I'm thankful I was able to have such a good visit with her. Rest in peace ME and God Bless your family.

Alice Shaw

July 12, 2018

Fond memories of Gene and ME all my life. I was a little girl, but definitely old enough to vividly remember this! We were all gathered in the den, late on a Saturday afternoon, for a family cookout. Stories were swirling back and forth amongst the adults and the kids were playing and about to go outside for another game of "tag your it" of my cousins (probably Matt the youngest) ran through the den where we were all gathered. Mary Ethel grabbed him, threw him on his back on her lap, and tickled him to death. Along with many kisses in the neck area. Of course, privately, we all wanted to be Matt. As he continued to run through the room, time and time again, I knew that was a wonderful example of the Mother I wanted to be one day! Mary Ethel was so genuinely kind and sweet. Gene was the greatest uncle ever along with his brother Monk. And Emmett, my Daddy was awesome. When the family gathered it was SO MUCH FUN!! I miss all of them so very much. I am comforted by the fact that we will all be together again one day. I can smell the grill and the hear the laughter in heaven today. ME has joined them! How happy Gene must be!!! Love all of you, and lifting you up in prayer.