Lynea Ann Manners

December 8, 2023


Lynea Ann Manners (née Belt) passed away peacefully December 8th, 2023, surrounded by loved ones in Virginia Beach, VA. Lynn is survived by her four children (Vicki Timmerman, David Manners (Lorrayn Pickerell), Dana Manners (Shanda), Michele Manners); 5 siblings (Minnie Barnes, Ruth Young, Helen Weaver (Loyal), David Belt, Norman Belt (Johnie)); 2 sister-in-laws (Diann Gossett and Joan Sheets); 6 grandchildren (Jessica Mitchell (Jack), Jennifer Reed (Ian), Britt Ford (Tyler), Alysa Frostick (Blake), Erica Gutierrez (Raul), James Manners (Courtney)); 10 great grandchildren; and extended family to include many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents (George Henry Belt and Elizabeth Reed Rudolph Belt), two older sisters (Betty Wiley and Edna Wagner) and her former spouse of 27 years, Robert Cree Manners.

Lynn was born on September 14th, 1936 in Bell Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and graduated from Edinboro High School in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Eventually Lynn and her family relocated to New York, residing in the cities of Geneva and Vestal. While raising her family, Lynn earned her Bachelors Degree at Harpur College (SUNY Binghamton) in Studio Art then went on to have a very successful and lengthy career in real estate, including obtaining her brokers license which allowed her to manage other agents in her field. After retirement, Lynn moved to Niceville, Florida, enjoying the beauty of the gulf beaches, before finally ending up in Virginia Beach, VA. In 2001 Lynn showed the true depths of her faith and inner strength by overcoming a Stage 4 Cancer diagnosis. Throughout her time on earth, Lynn lived her life to fullest. She was very outgoing, always starting conversations with strangers, expanding and blessing others with her artistic skills (including painting, ceramics, pottery, and sewing), traveling for fun and to explore her heritage (Wales), playing the piano, playing Mexican Train, walking with friends in her retirement community, singing hymns and songs to all who would listen, taking candid pictures during gatherings, and carrying on her two of her mother’s traditions 1) making homemade bread weekly and 2) blessing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with a dollar bill and (often stale) piece of gum for their birthday. Many of Lynn’s paintings and creations now reside in the homes of family and friends.

Lynn may have been a petite lady, but she had a mighty presence and effect on everyone she cared for and interacted with. She thrived and gave life meaning, despite having a variety of restrictions following her 2001 bout with cancer. She will always be remembered for making holidays special with unique gifts and decorations for her children and grandchildren, love for the beach, musical birthday messages, and reminding everyone she ‘loved and liked them too.’ Lynn loved deeply and reveled in the time she was able to spend with her siblings, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and extended family. Lynn/Aunt Lynn/Lynea/Mom/Grammy/Gigi will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by many here on earth, and will continue to shine her light as a guardian angel for all those she gracefully left behind. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the spring of 2024.

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Madison Schumacher
2 months ago

I greatly cherish the time I got to spend with great Aunt Lynn during our visits to Niceville. When reflecting on our time together, I am deeply thankful to have experienced her sense of humor, bravery, kindness and unmatched ability to make everyone feel loved. Her light was so bright and is what I’ll remember most about her. Love to her family ❤️

Bobby Gilbert
2 months ago

Rest in peace my dear Great Aunt Lynn! I will find comfort knowing that you, Aunt Edna, and Grandma (Betty) Wiley are reunited once again.

camille A fontana
2 months ago

SO sorry that Lyn suffered for even a minute. I loved her like a second mom growing up. Many blessings at this difficult time!

Helen Weaver
2 months ago

My sister, my friend! I cherish the years in our adult lives that we spent in close contact and got to know each other! I loved you and miss you.

Sara P. Gutierrez
2 months ago

With great sadness, I received the news about the passing of your beloved mother. May her soul rest in peace and may God grant you the strength to endure this great pain. Although grief may feel unbearable right now, find comfort in knowing how profoundly she was loved, and the lives she enriched. The memories about her will live on forever, in particular, holding hands with baby Ava. On behalf of my family receive our most sincere condolences. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sara P. Gutierrez

Pat Praefke
2 months ago

You are one of the sweetest! I am Blessed to have known you.
God Bless

Michele Diann Manners
2 months ago

Singing with my mom was something I cherished