Ione Elizabeth “Onie” Manning, 69, of Romney, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Hampshire Memorial Hospital.
Born in Hagerstown, MD on March 6, 1950 she was the daughter of the late Roger Clark Manning, Sr. and Bertha Elizabeth (Beatty) Manning. Besides her parents, Onie is preceded in death by (6) brothers, Baby Corbin, Larry Manning, Joseph E. Corbin, Roy R. Manning, Roger K. Corbin, and her twin, Roger “Butch” Manning.
Onie is survived by (3) brothers, Albert Corbin of Hagerstown, Julian B. Corbin and wife Shirley of Arlington, and Randall L. Manning, Sr. and wife Cathy of Romney; (3) sisters, Connie Reisinger and husband Ed of Pennsylvania, Joyce Patterson and husband Robert of Fort Ashby, and Donna “Elvis” Corbin of Romney; also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
(The following text was lovingly written by Onie’s niece, Deena)
Anyone that knew Onie knew of her love for bingo. That was always a several time a week event. When I was in grade school we attended bingo at The American Legion on Thursday nights. Years later, it was Friday nights at the Romney Fire Hall, and more recently at her last and final home….the long-term care unit (nursing home) at Hampshire Memorial Hospital. I played with her and the residents several times a week. She loved opening up the tip jars. She didn’t care if they were hers or anyone that offered to let her open theirs. She would get excited just opening them, so you could imagine her excitement when she saw the automatic winning red numbers for a dollar, maybe five or ten, but even more so when she saw double zeros that gave her a chance to win a hundred dollars.
Onie loved kids! Although she never had any of her own, she had several she considered hers and she was like a mom to them all. They gave her the nickname “Oney Bologny” and that carried on with her to the nursing home. All of the staff and residents called her the same.
She played ball, board games, cards, and watched over them every single day, all summer long. At noon she had the kids in line at the Romney Pool waiting to spend the day swimming, shooting pool and playing arcade games. When the five o’clock whistle blew, the neighborhood kids grabbed their things and followed Ione, Deena and Randy to her apartment across from Romney Elementary School. She enjoyed riding her bike with Deena and Randy to town and on to the Deaf and Blind playground where they had the best playground equipment. She laughed and screamed going down the roller coaster like slide. She definitely was a kid at heart and that never changed.
She walked to town several times a day. Her frequent stops were The Dairy Queen, Ruby’s Variety, Helping Hands, The Dollar Store, 7-11 for a Diet Pepsi, Rite Aid, Richman’s Pharmacy and occasionally to the VFW if her sister Donna was working.
Ione always thought about others first and if they needed anything, never about herself. She loved to babysit, if you would call it that because she was always right there playing anything and everything the kids wanted to. She was the most selfless person I have ever known. She always offered to help anyone in anyway she could.
She loved the game shows on tv and you would regularly see her watching the game show network. The Price Is Right was her favorite, followed by Let’s Make a Deal, Wheel of Fortune and Press Your Luck. She never missed “the stories”, what she called her soap operas…being “The Days of Our Lives”.
WalMart was her favorite place to go, besides Bingo, of course. Ohhh my!!! If you could have seen her operating the electric scooter the first time…well any and every time after. She never had her drivers license but she made up for not having them in the isles of Wal-Mart. Mom would get her going in her scooter and when mom would be ready to check out, she knew exactly where to find Onie. Straight to the craft department, only to find after two hours she only had one or two things in her cart. Mom would say “Onie, we’re ready to check-out and you haven’t gotten anything at all yet?!!” Onie would get moving on that scooter, sometimes….no, many times running into shelves and knocking clothes off the racks, throwing any and everything she wanted in the cart. Every color yarn and every color, shape and size of canvas they had in order for her to work on her new craft creations. In a matter of minutes she would go from nothing to an over loaded buggy. From there it was like tradition to go to the deli for a bag of chicken tenders. When she got in the car to head home, she ALWAYS offered everyone else some before she would take any for herself.
Years ago she worked at The Romney Pioneer and The Alpine washing dishes. When The Brass Rail first opened on Main Street she decided to do the same there. When I opened the print shop she called every day to see if she could come in and help with anything. She loved putting the football programs and the fair books together. Mostly she loved the customers. She greeted everyone and asked how she could help them. She never met a stranger.
Onie loved animals and has two doggies…”Bingo and Molly,” who have lived with our neighbors Russell Bucklew and Chris Dulaney. She got to see them all of the time and asked about them every day.
Onie will be greatly missed by so many…her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends and family at the nursing home.
Deena Marie Manning – Niece, like daughter
Friends will be received on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Pastor David Bradfield officiating. Interment to follow at Ebenezer Cemetery, Romney.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in Onie’s name to: Hospice of the Panhandle ~ 278 North High St. ~ Romney, WV 26757
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511