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Shirley Elaine (Ball) Manes

May 21, 1936 ~ August 20, 2019 (age 83)

Shirley (Ball) Manes, age 83, of Evansville, IN, passed away at 5:20 a.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital.

Shirley was born May 21, 1936, in Corydon, KY to Roy Stanley and Ruth Marie (Mitchell) Ball. She attended Delaware Grade School, graduated from Central High School in 1954, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing in 1958, from Evansville College, now known as The University of Evansville. Shirley was “May Queen” her Senior year in college and continued to be a dedicated Aces fan throughout her lifetime. She was a member of First Baptist Church and also attended Christian Fellowship Church. Shirley and her late husband, Damon, traveled extensively, and they were avid birdwatchers. She loved her family and took pride in her job of rearing her family and taking care of her home.

Shirley is survived by her children, Greg Rye (Tara) of Omaha, NE, Darren Rye (Kathy) of Cedar Park, TX and Janna Manes (Gary) of South Orange, NJ; grandchildren, Davis, Danielle, Grant, Mikayla, and Jack; sisters, Marilyn McConnell and Barbara Shelton (Winston); brother, Stanley Ball (Jeannie); and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband of 47 years, Jasper “Damon” Manes, Jr., who passed away December 4, 2018.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2019 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue with Pastor Robert Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery.  

Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until service time, Friday, August 23, 2019 at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL.

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