Shirley Lou Carson Manley counted her blessings every day and gracefully departed from this life just how she wanted--she passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 3, 2020 at Carmel, Indiana. She was born to the late Glen and Vola Carson on November 20, 1937 at Noblesville, IN, and grew up in Hamilton County with nine brothers, and she was the last of the family to survive.
She graduated in 1955 from Walnut Grove High School, got married and moved to Wabash, Indiana where she lovingly and patiently raised three children. She is survived by her two daughters and their families who dearly miss her, Tammy and Art Lehman of Hampton, VA, and Nola and Thom Albrecht of New Palestine, IN. She is now with her son, Lonnie Manley who passed away in 1992. She was blessed with five grandchildren: Rachael, Misty, Brandon, Kevin, and Cary, eight great-grandchildren: Alliah, Marjannah, Elise, D'Andre, Ryomi, Noah, McKinley, and Lucas, and one great-grandson: Lonnie.
Shirley, aka "Lou" was born with disabilities, but possessed a survivor spirit that could not be stopped. While her eyesight failed her first, her independence was everything and she would always remind her family that someone else had it worse than her. As a stay-at-home mom she was a caretaker for hundreds of kids, and that is not an exaggeration. She personified the meaning of unconditional love and was a mom to many.
This love of others continued until the day she died. She truly cared for others unselfishly and would give the shirt off her back and the last penny she had, and never expect anything in return. She loved to cook and could whip up a meal out of what seemed liked nothing. If asked how she cooked so well, she would say, "Just close your eyes."
Her memory was amazing, giving up was not an option, and with a positive attitude she overcame many obstacles. Listening to music and going to concerts brought her joy. Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, and Willie Nelson topped her list. Her talking books also brought hours of enjoyment and she would "read" every day. She was truly an inspiration and even though she needed the help of others the last few years because she could not see, walk, or take care of herself, she was still thankful for every day of her life and focused on how she could make others feel better.
While COVID-19 did not take her from us, the loneliness and isolation as a result of the pandemic did. She loved being with her family and friends. Her faith gave her strength and she is now safe in the arms of our Lord, as she traded her Old Rugged Cross for a crown--her favorite hymn. She is no longer blind. She has thrown away hear hearing aids, is pain free, and is dancing with the "Spirit in the Sky" that was another favorite song. Heaven just gained another angel.
A graveside service will be held Friday, August 14, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Arcadia Cemetery, 8989 East 266th Street, Arcadia, IN 46030, with Pastor Andy Marshall officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Chapel Community Church, 13350 East 216th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060. Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel is entrusted with Mrs. Manley's arrangements and where you may send condolences at http://www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com;
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Victory Chapel Community Church
13350 East 216th Street, Noblesville IN 46060