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Elvira Susan Manning
June 17, 1949 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Elvira Susan Manning of Wilmington, NC passed away comfortably on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, surrounded by her family. Elvira was born June 17, 1949, in Wilmington, NC to her mother Mildred Williamson Manning and her father Richard Manning and was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother (Richard Manning Jr). Elvira was named after her maternal grandmother Elvira Washington Tew of Sampson County NC.
A graduate of New Hanover High School, she often shared fond memories of playing the clarinet in the marching band. She was an avid lover of all music genres. She graduated from UNC-Wilmington and married Oscar Blake Jr.
Elvira lives on through her daughters Melissa Blake (Charles), and Angie Blake Marshall (David), her grandchildren Alyssa, Zuri, Jabari, and Chloe, and great-grandchildren Jaxson, Asher, and Aysun who all called her Bella. She was beyond proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and celebrated all their milestones. She never missed an opportunity to spoil them all and loved them dearly.
Elvira was fiercely independent and kindhearted with a carefree spirit who was always ready to lend a caring ear and offer thoughtful advice to those in need. She was a first-class connoisseur of food and loved cooking and trying new recipes. She cared for the souls and minds of those around her through her heartfelt cooking and decadent baking. She loved nothing more than time with family and friends around a table of delicious homemade food. She will be fondly remembered for her tasty Christmas cookies, Thanksgiving dressing, and earth-shattering fried chicken. She loved traveling along the coast of NC, visiting lighthouses, watching birds, taking long walks on the beach, studying her Welsh, English, and Scottish heritage, and making friends along the way. The family will hold a memorial service celebrating Elvira’s life at a later date.