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Obituary - Reba Myra Manchester

Reba Myra Manchester

Date of Passing: July 24th, 2008

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Reba Myra Manchester, 89, formerly of Waterville, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2008 at the Community Memorial Hospital Extended Care Facility in Hamilton. She was born November 25, 1918, on the family farm in the Town of Columbus, the daughter of the late Harold and Evlyn Shawler Miller. She was a graduate of New Berlin High School and the Oneonta Normal School. On December 31, 1941, at the Columbus Quarters Baptist Church, she married Jay Elward Manchester, a devoted union of over 66 years. For many years, Mrs. Manchester was a teacher with the Waterville Central School District, where she taught kindergarten and third grade, retiring in 1978. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Waterville and sang in its choir. Mrs. Manchester was also a member of Crystal Chapter #188 O.E.S., the Waterville Traveler's Club, the Waterville Book Club and both the New York State and Waterville Retired Teacher's Associations. Reba loved holidays and family time. She was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to music as well as playing piano and singing. She is survived by her husband, Jay; three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jeanne Manchester of Oneonta, Mark and Linda Manchester of Hamilton and Robert and Suzanne Manchester of Lima; her son-in-law, Robert Allen of West Winfield; twelve grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and many wonderful friends. She was predeceased by a daughter, Norine Allen; and two brothers, Malcolm and Arden Miller. The funeral will be Monday at 10 am at the First United Methodist Church, Tower St., Waterville, with Pastor Genett Timlin officiating. Interment will be in West Edmeston Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday afternoon, from 2-5 at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. Members of Crystal Chapter will meet Sunday at 4:00 pm at the funeral home for ritualistic services.


Ms Manchester was my teacher when I was a student in Waterville. She had a profound impact on me. I myself ended up a teacher. She was one of my favorites.
Joseph Moore

I am very sorry about your loss. My thoughts are with you. Dan
Daniel M Worden

I would like to express my grief and sympathy to the Manchester family on the recent passing my first teacher, Mrs. Reba Manchester. I continue to cherish my memories as her pupil in the Kindergarten at Memorial Park School, those salad years of 1961 and 1962, and, even after all of the years that I passed by since then, I continue to have my kindergarten graduation diploma displayed on the wall of my law office in Alexandria, Virginia, as a symbol of that important, formative event in my life. I have no doubt that Mrs. Manchester was an inspirational figure with many of her students over the years just as she was with me. I will always remember her as a profoundly influential person in my life. I will miss her greatly, as I remain, With deepest sympathy, Joseph Peter Drennan
Joseph Peter Drennan

Dear Jay and Family, Our sincere sympathies upon the loss of Reba. She was indeed a very special lady and my Mom, Gertrude Allen, thought the world of her. We trust they are now talking over O.E.S. business and maybe even holding their own O.E.S. and Women's Club get-togethers. With all our thoughts and best wishes. Joel and Laura Allen of Hudson, NY.
Joel and Laura Allen

Reba was a very special person. She always had a smile and kind word whenever I spoke with her. A wonderful teacher and friend. It was a privilege to know her. Noone can take away our memories. Please accept my sympathy at this sad time. Shalom, Marsha Silverman
Marsha Silverman

My condolences to the family. Reba was a lovely lady and will be missed by all. My husband (Bert Allison) and I had many good times with Reba and Jay. Jay you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerly, Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison