Muriel Pearl Lynch Manby, 97, peacefully went home to be with her Lord Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Westminster-Canterbury in Virginia Beach.
Born July 11, 1921, she was a lifelong homemaker and a Navy wife of 59 years who raised four children and also cared for her husband when he developed Alzheimer’s. She was a lifelong learner also, even though she only completed the 8th grade.
Muriel attended a formal church for her first 37 years that taught her Bible truths but never clearly explained the gospel of Jesus Christ. In her late 30s, she read a gospel tract that clearly presented the biblical gospel and she surrendered her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and placed her faith in Him. She faithfully attended the Tabernacle Church of Norfolk from the late 1950s until 1996, Ocean Park Baptist Church from 1996 until about 2006, and then Bayside Baptist Church, which was closer to her home, where she joined in 2014. The Lord Jesus, her family, and her church were most important in her life. She faithfully prayed for her family, her church family, and ministries twice a day until her final weeks when intestinal cancer and medications made her too weak to maintain her daily routine.
Muriel was preceded in death by her husband, Paul St. Claire Manby (1999); eldest daughter, Betty Jean Slaughter (1986); three brothers, two sisters and all of Paul’s siblings.
She is survived by her son, Paul Wayne Manby (Kanokwan); daughter, Patty M. Savannah; and son, Ted D. Manby (Deborah). Her grandchildren include Donna McGaffick-Snell, Pachcala Slaughter Perrow, Tammy Slaughter Gideon, Becky Slaughter Miller, Christopher Rice, Angelina Manby, John Manby, Timothy Savannah, Jacob Manby, Pauline Manby, and Paul Manby. She was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at Bayside Baptist Church, 1920 Pleasure House Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m., with Dr. John Nixon officiating. A graveside service will follow the funeral in Rosewood Memorial Park, 631 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach.
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