Doris (Tex) Evelyn Maneval, 88, beloved wife of Percy (Shorty) Maneval, passed away Jan. 24, 2013, in Lynden, Wash. She has gone home to the loving arms of her Lord and Savior.
She was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Hermleigh, Texas, to the late John Trousdale and Vera (Pounds) Gross. After high school graduation, Doris attended Dorn Business School in Dallas, Texas. While attending business school, she met and fell in love with her husband. On Jan.19, 1944, Tex and Shorty married at the chapel on March Field Army Air Corp Base in Riverside, Calif. during WW II. She worked at a tech supply on base but having a lot of talent they wanted her to be secretary to a higher officer. When Shorty came back from overseas, she moved to Big Spring, Texas, to the Big Spring Air Force Base where he was stationed. After Shorty was discharged on Oct. 26, 1944, they came back to Lynden, Wash., and five children were born.
Tex worked at United Control, the superintendent's office for Carnation School District, Whatcom County treasurerâ€™s office, the Juvenile Detention Office in Bellingham, Wash., and secretary/bookkeeper for Meridian School District.
Shorty and Tex enjoyed 50 years of square dancing. She was treasurer for the Washington State Square Dance Association, co-chaired the Washington State â€śLynden Spree in 93,â€ť and was awarded the Illa Williams Trophy. Together they RV traveled, went on cruises and enjoyed missionary work in Mexico. Tex enjoyed volunteering at St. Joseph Hospital for about 12 years.
Tex is survived by her beloved husband of 69 years, Shorty; children, Nancy (Jim) Herrick of Meridian, Idaho, Patricia (John) Fuller of Custer, Wash., Peggy (Bill) Grinnell of Snohomish, Wash., Richard (Andree Powell) Maneval of Bellingham, Wash., and Barbara (Daniel) Cutts of Port Hadlock, Wash.; grandchildren, Michelle (Dan) Radonski, Jeffrey, Jason, Jared Baron, Justin (Amy) Baron, Andrew (Sarah Zaylor, fiance) Fuller, Kimberly (Mike) Hendricks, Brenda (Lee) Cooper, Ryan Jacobsen, Lisa (Sean) Yunt, Joshua (Maggie) Pezzullo, Carol (Erin) Anderson, Ross (Robyn) Herrick, and Sharon (Geoff) Wilson; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; siblings Bettie of Jacksonville, Texas, and LaVerne of Big Spring, Texas; and Donald of Riverside, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 2, 2013, at Lynden Community Church at 2 p.m. with a reception following.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons or Lynden Community Church â€śMissions.â€ť You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Gillies Funeral Home of Lynden, Wash.