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Linda Manning

Linda Susan Manning, daughter of Jack & Phyllis (Holland) Manning, was born on November 19, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Linda attended Woodlawn Elementary School; Monroe Elementary School's Talented and Gifted Program; Meredith Middle School; and Hoover High School, graduating in 1975. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, and a Master's and Specialist degree from Iowa State University.
Linda lived for over 25 years in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was a School Psychologist with the Robbinsdale school system. She was a member of the National Association of School Psychologists, the Minnesota Association of School Psychologists, and the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church.
Linda had a great love for her work at the school, for children, and for her family. She played the piano and the violin, and was a member of the Linden Hills Orchestra. She was married to Tom McDougall before her marriage to Murray Lipsman. Murray preceded her in death in 2007.
Linda was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2009. In 2010, she moved to Woodlands Creek Care Facility in Clive, Iowa. She moved home in September to be cared for by her parents before moving into Clearview Home in Mount Ayr in October of this year. She passed away at Clearview Home on November 17, 2013.
Those left to cherish her memory include her parents Jack & Phyllis Manning of Beaconsfield, IA; two sisters, Jan Manning of Des Moines, IA and Vicki Harrington of West Des Moines, IA; a nephew, Joey Harrington & wife Elizabeth of Sunnyvale, California and a niece, Katie Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri; and many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to any of the following favorite charities of Linda's: the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health at www.macmh.org; the St Joseph's Home for Children at www.cctwincities.org/stjosephshomeforchildren; the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Iowa at http://www.alz.org/greateriowa/ or HCI Care Services at www.hospiceofcentraliowa.org/.

  • Memorial Service

    December 02, 2013
    2:00 PM

    Immanuel United Methodist Church

    2900 49th Street
    Des Moines, IA
    (515) 277-1100

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I think of Linda almost every day and miss her smile. She was one of the kind.

Posted by Jasna Beganovic - Clive, IA - A very good friend   November 16, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I just found out about Linda''s passing through a mutual student we shared. I echo what most others have shared, as she was such a gentle and determined soul. She exemplified the epitome of professionalism in her work as a school psychologist, and she was as good as they come. Dedication could have been her middle name, giving up her lunch break (or working as she ate) so she could work with students and could make a difference in their lives. My sympathy extends to her family, these 7 months after her passing. May the many memories you have of Linda help to buoy you each day as you remember her. Blessings to each of you.

Posted by Sue Astin - Golden Valley, MN - former colleague   June 16, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I had a dream about Linda today and wanted to see how she was doing. I found out that she had passed 7 months ago. I am heartbroken. Linda was my school psychologist in 4th and 5th grade. She helped me immensely by helping me gain confidence to start talking again. We exchanged letters when I left 5th grade all the way until I was in college. She came to my high school graduation. She was like a second mom to me. She meant so much to me. I will always miss her and think about her.

Posted by Alyssa Kuglin - New Hope, MN - Former Student   June 16, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have just learned of Linda''s passing and extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to her parents, family and friends. I met Linda while we lived in Ames, Iowa and continued our friendship after we moved to Australia. Linda even travelled to Australia to visit. How many beautiful and funny memories I have of all our times together in Iowa, Minneapolis and Australia. We loved to go looking for antiques together and she even encouraged me to learn the violin as an adult, which I did. What a dear, true, gentle, loyal and loving spirit. We have recently come back to live in Minnesota after 25 years, and I have been thinking of her so often - and so much so just recently, but did not know this had happened. I am feeling very sad, but know she is at peace and flying on the wings of eagles. God bless her.

Posted by Denise Riek - Starbuck, MN - Friend   January 13, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Linda was one of the sweetest and most sincere people I had ever known. She always smiled and never an ill word left her lips. Linda, I know you are with God and rest in peace.


Posted by Bette Blei - Brooklyn Park, MN - Colleague and friend   December 23, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My sweet seester, I will always love you and miss you. Good-night.

Posted by Jan Manning - Des Moines, IA - sister   December 06, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Jack, Phyllis, Vicki & Jan, I pray that you feel God''s peace and strength in the days ahead as you begin your journey of healing.

My time spent as Linda''s caregiver is something I''ll always treasure. She taught me so many beautiful lessons. She had so many gifts to share, I''ll miss her beautiful spirit & lovely smile most of all.

Posted by Teri Ann Hawkins - Johnston, IA - One of Linda''s caregivers   November 28, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I will Miss You Linda!!!

Posted by Jasna Beganovic - Clive, IA - friend   November 26, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

This took me by great shock. I worked with Linda at Robbinsdale Area Schools. She was wonderful. I met her when I first started working there, she made me feel valued. She always had a smile and a good word to share. She was a gentle but strong soul. My prayers to her loved ones, cherish the memories.

Posted by Mimi Rice - Hayward, WI   November 26, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Vicki & Family,

For some moments in life, there are no words...My thougths and prayers are with you.

Love you Vics!!


Posted by Tommie - West Des Moines, IA - Friend of Linda''s sister Vicki   November 25, 2013

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