Mildred Manley passed away peacefully at the age of 94 with her son, Roger, by her side.
She was born the third of five siblings on a farm near Pomona, Kansas, to John Milton Hunter and Ethel Shea. Her father passed away in 1928 when she was 4 years old. The family struggled through the Depression with help from relatives. Mildred participated in 4-H and was always proud of the cow she raised and sold at auction.
She graduated from Pomona High School in 1942 and went on to become a tack welder of bomb racks in an aircraft factory in Southern California. In 1946, she worked at the University of California Division of War Research in La Jolla, California. There she photographed prints of bathythermograph slides measuring temperature variants in the thermocline. This data was used by submarines and destroyers to hide from enemy sonar.
She met Roger Bernard Manley when she moved to San Francisco in 1954. They were married in 1955 and had three sons; Roger, Kevin, and David.
She was a homemaker, Cub Scout den mother, enjoyed Bridge, bowling, crossword puzzles, quilt making, golf and building puzzles. During her last 18 months she built over 50 puzzles with her children and grandchildren.
Roger and Mildred travelled extensively during their retirement through all 50 states, Canada, Europe, and Australia. They enjoyed living in more rural areas such as Prescott, Arizona, Carson City, Nevada, Sonoma, and finally Monterey, California.
Her husband of 63 years, Roger Bernard Manley, passed in Aug. 2018 in Monterey, California.
Mildred is survived by her sister, Mary Garner, of Dallas, Texas; her three sons, Roger Michael and wife, Carolann; Kevin and wife; Nancy; David (Colleen D.); her six grandchildren, Kelsey, Chris (Alexa), Colter (Maranda), Hannah, Hayley, Brian (Shannon); four great-grandchildren, Isla, Greta, Sage, and Markie Jo.
Her children are very grateful for the care she received from Pam and Debra from the Hospice of the Central Coast; from her caregivers, Marilou, Kay, and Cia; and Dr. Kubica. She will be interred with her husband, two country kids, together forever, at the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Seaside, Califoria.