Mar 13, 1925 – Oct 27, 2022
DOWNS – Marietta McManus of Downs, IL, first daughter of seven children born in Monica, IL, to Oliver Delwin Edwards and Catherine Cecelia Clark, and wife of soul mate, Edward McManus, Jr., left this deadly reel on October 27, 2022, 97 years after his arrival on March 13, 1925, Lucky Friday.
She is survived by her sister, Verna Edwards; seven children: Peggy, John (Renee), Kathleen, Laura, James (Sarah), Jean and Thomas (Ed); his seven grandfathers: Gabrielle (Gio), Walker (Michelle) and Morgan Reisman, Nathan, Ian, Oliver and Declan McManus; and two great-grandfathers: Wynn and Josie; to continue his legacy of honoring family relationships, loving the beauty and power of words, promoting humanity’s innate need for freedom, equality and independence, and engaging in building of community – the foundation of survival, the source of much pleasure and the key to a life of grace.
Earning BA and MA degrees from IS(N)U, pursuing a career teaching English and Drama at Downs and LeRoy High Schools, mentoring many people, and dedicating herself to developing future teachers through acting An instrumental role in the creation of the state’s teacher mentorship program, Marietta portrayed Chaucer’s “And gladly would he gladly learn and teach.”
“Looks like a great day! What’s on file?” Marietta was a lifelong optimist and woke up each day ready to make the most of it. Whether it was in her hometown, a Wild West campsite, a Caribbean beach, or an Irish cottage, Marietta understood and loved humanity. She always saw the good in everyone. For her, all were welcome at any time. In his kitchen against a backdrop of laughter, songs and mixed voices, generations met, family, friends and strangers shared meals and their stories, memories, opinions, fears, hopes and dreams. The heavy heart, the joke of the day, the wisdom of the centuries, everything was shared around the big oak table.
Marietta gave herself completely to her students, her community and her family. Whether directing students in Charlie’s Aunt and The Imaginary Invalid or writing essays, chairing committees for the Altar and Rosary Society and Home Extension, organizing Community Club gatherings or cards, delivering Peace Meals or opening her home to pork roasts, international parties and holiday celebrations, Marietta has found joy in bringing people together.
A heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Carle Hospice, home caregivers and Drs. Houghton and Sriratana. We are forever grateful for the personal care and love you have shown mom and our family.
A commemorative celebration is planned for late spring or early summer.
Online condolences and remembrances can be sent to his family at www.calvertmemorial.com.