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Manning, Clara (1858–1942)

There falls to our lot this week, the sad duty of recording the passing of another popular district lady, in Miss Clara Manning, of Windsor and formerly of Sackville, which took place at the Hawkesbury District Hospital on Monday morning last, after a prolonged illness, at the age of 83 years.

A native of Sackville, the deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Manning, respected pioneer residents of that centre, and from her parents inherited that forthright honesty and upright character which was to gain her such a wide circle of district friends and the general respect of the community in later years. The greater portion of her life was spent at Sackville, and some 20 years ago she took up residence at The Terrace, Windsor.

During this time, owing to delicate health and advancing years, the late Miss Manning was unable to associate herself actively with many movements in which she was interested, but, as always, continued in her devotion to her Church, and in her passing old St. Matthew's loses a regular attendant and a loyal adherent, whose many charitable actions remain as an affectionate memory.

Some two years ago her failing health obliged her to enter hospital, where she remained up to the time of her death, bearing a trying and painful illness with a fortitude which was an inspiration to her friends. Indeed, her passing was a happy release, and she herself would have been the last to wish that it should cause grief to her friends. The sole surviving member of a large family, the late Miss Manning was predeceased by seven sisters and two brothers, but there remain a number of nephews and nieces in the district to mourn the loss of an affectionate aunt and friend.

The funeral moved from the deceased's late residence on Tuesday afternoon for the Church of England cemetery, Sackville, where the remains were laid to rest in the family vault in the presence of a large gathering of old friends present to pay their last respects, the Rural Dean, Rev. C. L. Williams, officiating.

The mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr. Chandler, of Windsor.

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'Manning, Clara (1858–1942)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/manning-clara-17526/text29204, accessed 16 June 2019.

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