Betty was born July 7, 1933 in Karnak and daughter of Gilbert and Ruby Cheek Canada. She was married to her best friend and soul mate, Paul Manley, on June 17, 1950 in Metropolis. She previously lived in Manteno, where with her husband Paul raised six children.
Betty was a homemaker. She also babysat for many years. Every child held a special place in her heart. She also was a long time active member of Karnak United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
Betty opened her house to everyone and always provided a delicious homecooked meal. Betty was always very thoughtful to everyone. She would provide friendship and a homecooked meal to anyone in need. Betty was quick with Southern sayings and also loved to collect cookbooks and angels.
In Betty’s later years, she was able to travel with family and long-time friend, Helen Lytle, from Manteno. Their family referred to them as “world travelers.”
Betty loved to have picnics in the park or any reason to get together. Betty always knew what she was making at least a month early. She loved to spend time with her family.
She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Survivors include three daughters, Paula and Rick Shelton of Manteno, Carol and Allen Hartman of Bradley and Kelly and Danny Clawson of New Braunfels, Texas; two sons, Terry and Kay Manley of Metropolis and Steve and Lorna Manley of Paducah; one brother, Don and Deloris Canada of Karnak; and one sister, June Sheffer of Metropolis.
She also had 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Each one thought they were her favorite. Betty always said each one was her favorite.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years; one son, Jay Manley; and one sister, Alice Bayless.
Funeral service was held Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Karnak with Rev. Alan Milligan officiating. Burial followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Belknap.
Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak was in charge of arrangements.