Della Jean Manning, “DJ,” 85, of Penn Run, died on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in 1934 in Elizabethton, Tenn., to William D. and Virginia (Ambrosetti) White.
Della Jean married Robert DeWayne Manning in May 1954, and they lived in Elizabeth for 26 years before moving to Penn Run in 1979.
Della Jean was a member of Brush Valley Chapel. She was a former member of the Round Hill Presbyterian Church.
She was devoted to assisting veterans’ organizations and organized assistance for: Tomorrows Hope Veterans’ Homeless Shelter, Red-White & Blue Team for Veterans, Church of the Brethren Veterans’ Housing, and Wreaths for Indiana County Veterans. She also was very active with and served on the following boards: AARP Chapter 2581, Four Footed Friends, Brush Valley Chapter Veterans’ Affairs – Veterans Emergency Aid Fund. In addition, she was chairwoman of Yellow Creek Conservation Association, county chairwoman of Democratic Party for two terms, and volunteer coordinator for ICCAP. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and organizing events for Tomorrows Hope. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Della Jean is survived by her sons, Robert Tim and wife Nancy, Salisbury, N.C.; and Keith D. and wife Christine, Penn Run; six grandchildren, Trisha Kline and husband Terry, Gardners; Lee Manning and wife Kristy, and Allan Manning and wife Kylie, all of Homer City; Lenae Rastafar and husband Adam, Raleigh, N.C.; Kelcie Manning and Cody Manning, both of Derry; and eight great-grandchildren, Kaiti and Zach Kline, Hank and Wyatt Manning, Allison and Ashley Manning, and Alyia and Callie Rastafar.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert DeWayne Manning, who died in 2001.
Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bob White officiating. Interment will be held in the Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions be made to Tomorrows Hope, P.O. Box 395, 6260 Heverly Blvd., Coalport, PA 16627.