FARMINGTON – Persis Lane Manchester, 97, of Jay, died early Monday morning, July 19, at Franklin Memorial Hospital. She previously had resided at Orchard Park Living Center for the past two years.

Born in North Fayette, Dec. 15, 1906, one of 12 children born to Emery and Rose (Haskell) Lane, she received her education in local schools and graduated from Livermore Falls High School in 1925.

She then worked at the Turner Rug Factory before she became a nanny for her widowed sister’s three children. She attended Bryant Stratton Business College and graduated in 1932.

Mrs. Manchester worked for Providence Washington Insurance Co., where she worked as a supervisor until her retirement at the age of 62.

On June 1, 1946, she married Roi Manchester in Providence, R.I., at Mt. Pleasant Church. He died Jan. 9, 1969. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and the subordinate grange in Rhode Island and later transferred to Wilson Grange 321, where she had received her 75-year pin. She also was a member of Excelsior Pomona Grange.

Mrs. Manchester was active in the Bartlett Memorial United Methodist Church, where she cooked and cut pies for grange and church suppers. She enjoyed her flower gardens and working on grandmothers garden quilts.

Although Mrs. Manchester never had children of her own, she always remembered birthdays of her nieces and nephews with cards and gifts and she was always eager to help others in need.

Survivors include a brother, Roger Lane, of Fayette; a sister, Eunice Lane Robinson, of Fayette; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Jennie Kay, Gladys Quimby, Stella Baker, Marion Allen, Muriel Morse, and two baby sisters; two brothers, Wesley Lane and Ronal Lane; and several nieces and nephews.

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