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Vista Marie (Comer) Manuel

July 23, 1927January 13, 2021

Vista Marie Comer Manuel, 93, of Shenandoah passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Sentara RMH Medical Center. She was born in Shenandoah on July 23, 1927 and was the daughter of the late John H. and Rebecca Baugher Comer.

She was united in marriage on April 9, 1953 to Arthur Lynn Manuel, who survives. Surviving in addition to her husband is her daughter, Regena Lynn Whetzel and husband, Donald, of Mathias, WV and two granddaughters, Rebecca Lynn Whetzel and Perry Grace Whetzel. Also surviving are many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Vista Manuel; four brothers, Floyd D. Comer, Kemper R. Comer, Melvin L. Comer and Burtis P. Comer; six sisters, Nellie M. Comer, Ruth P. Kite, Gladys V. Ferrell, Thelma G. Herring, Hattie I. Fadley and Sylvia E. Cave; eight half-brothers; and two half-sisters. She was the youngest and last surviving child of the family.

She was a graduate of the Shenandoah High School. She worked at the Shenandoah Knitting Mill putting the seam down ladies’ stockings. After the birth of her children, she became a full time homemaker.

Vista was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Conservative Congregational Christian Church in Shenandoah. The church was a major part of her life. Her years of services included playing the piano, teaching Sunday school, participating with Vacation Bible School, planning programs and singing in the choir. She was the current Literature Secretary, a job she had held for many years. She rarely missed a Sunday service and attended drive-in services during the pandemic until her health failed.

Two of her most beloved things were the 67 amazing years she shared with her husband, Arthur, and her two granddaughters. Rarely apart, they spent many years traveling with their camper from Canada to Florida. Some of their favorite places were the Smoky Mountains and their trip to Alaska. In later years, they were able to travel with their granddaughters to some of the same places. She also got great enjoyment from visiting their lake home at Smith Mountain Lake.

She loved gardening and canning, a craft she passed on to her children and granddaughters. She often visited West Virginia to help can tomato juice and other vegetables and counted as the lids sealed.

Vista was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved the Lord, her church, and family, she constantly counted her blessings and appreciated all the love and support she received during her failing health.

The family will receive friends 5-6:30 pm, Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Sunday, January 17, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon CCCC with Rev. James “Jim” Martin, Jr. officiating. The family would like to invite those who do not feel comfortable attending the visitation or church service, to attend the interment in the church cemetery, following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mt. Lebanon Conservative Congregational Christian Church, 1030 Comertown Rd., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseykygerfuneralhome.com.


  • Arthur Lynn Manuel, Husband
  • Regena Lynn Whetzel (Donald), Daughter
  • Rebecca Lynn Whetzel, Granddaughter
  • Perry Grace Whetzel, Granddaughter
  • A Number of, Nieces & Nephews
  • Rebecca Vista Manuel, Daughter (deceased)
  • Rebecca Baugher Comer, Mother (deceased)
  • John H. Comer, Father (deceased)
  • Floyd D. Comer, Brother (deceased)
  • Kemper R. Comer, Brother (deceased)
  • Melvin L. Comer, Brother (deceased)
  • Burtis P. Comer, Brother (deceased)
  • Nellie M. Comer, Sister (deceased)
  • Ruth P. Kite, Sister (deceased)
  • Gladys V. Ferrell, Sister (deceased)
  • Thelma G. Herring, Sister (deceased)
  • Hattie I. Fadley, Sister (deceased)
  • Sylvia E. Cave, Sister (deceased)
  • Eight, Half-Brothers (deceased)
  • Two, Half-Sisters (deceased)

  • Gary Allen Comer, Active Pallbearer
  • Bobby Lee Comer, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • David Jenkins, Active Pallbearer
  • Ronald Comer, Active Pallbearer
  • Mickey Comer, Active Pallbearer
  • Sherwood Comer, Active Pallbearer

  • Mt. Lebanon CCC Church


  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, January 17, 2021


Vista Marie (Comer) Manuel

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Frances Supples Gooden

January 22, 2021

I have known Vista all my life. I have Vacation Bible School Certificates that was signed by Vista. She was always a perfect
lady and never said a bad word about anyone. I always loved talking to her before and after church. We need more people in this world just like Vista. She will be missed.

John Herring

January 18, 2021

Although it has been several years since I had visited Great Aunt Vista with my grandmother ,Thelma. She was always nice and kind and when I ran into her a couple of times through out the years I remember she always said “Hi” . It means a lot to me with just acknowledging me with a “Hi” and then a “Smile .Condolences to Regina and family.

Penny Rinker

January 18, 2021

I want to express my sorrow for your family. When I heard of the passing of your mother my heart broke for you. There is no loss like the loss of a beloved parent. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. - Penny Rinker

Ellen Conner

January 17, 2021

I have many fond memories. Her lovely smile and laughter will remain with me. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Charlotte Pauley

January 16, 2021

So sorry to hear about Vista, Passing our prayers are with family

She will be missed by me, please keep in touch.

My love to all,
Charlotte Pauley

Gary and Cindy Dean

January 16, 2021

Our Prayers and Deepest Sympathy for your loss , We met Vista at Smith Mountain at her home very sweet lady .

Della Grimsley

January 16, 2021

So sorry to hear about the passing of Vista...She was one of the sweetest people i ever meet...Prayers for you all..


January 15, 2021

I am very sorry to hear the loss of Vista, she was a sweet lady when I visited with Regena as a little girl !! Arthur , Regena and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Donna & Kevin Shifflett