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Gloria Jean Manning

07/31/1941 - 01/24/2024

Gloria Jean Manning, born July 31, 1941 in Kansas City, MO, passed peacefully on Jan. 24, 2024 in Mesa, AZ at the age of 82.  She was a devoted daughter, a beloved sister, dedicated aunt, loving cousin and dear friend to many.  Gloria never wanted to be the center of attention, feeling most comfortable in the background. Yet her bright smile and beautiful spirit always shined through.  She had a sharp mind, a quick wit and an uncanny ability to put people at complete ease with her unique charm.

Gloria spent the majority of her life in Kansas City, working as a meat carver at Putch’s for nearly 25 years, followed by a career in the grocery industry at Schnucks and Hy-Vee.  In 2010, she moved to Sun Lakes, AZ with her mother to be closer to immediate family.

She was an avid sports fan – whether it was basketball, baseball, football, tennis, golf, and so on, she would watch with great enthusiasm.  Her favorite teams were the Kansas City Chiefs, KU Jayhawks, Phoenix Suns, AZ Diamondbacks and AZ Cardinals.  Beyond sports, she loved trips to the casino, Christmas movies, and the show Heartland. In her mind, her diet consisted of one food group “ice cream”, and a food group she enjoyed often.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Harriet Manning, Donald C. and Bernice Manning, sister-in-law, Sharon Manning, nephew Donald Manning and great-niece Brittani Manning.   Survived by her loving brother Wayne Manning, nieces and nephews David Manning (Kristie), Elizabeth Manning, Sheri Manning, Brandy Brooks, Del Brooks, 14 great & great-great nieces and nephews, and her cousins.

She will be missed more than she could ever know.

Services to be held this spring at the Johnson County Memorial Gardens, Overland Park, KS.  Further details will be posted @ https://www.johnsoncountychapel.com/.




Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.




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