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Christina Sue (McClane Holt) Manley, 62 years of age, of Danville, passed away on Tuesday, 17 April 2018. She was born on 8 July 1955 to Floyd and Jenny (McKay) McClane in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Chris was a mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, and overcomer whose bravery and sass were only overshadowed by her deep abiding joy. She was a 1973 graduate from Cloverdale High School, where she was a shy person in the background before blossoming into her talkative self in later years.
Chris began employment at Mallory’s in Greencastle, enjoyed a short stint as a realtor, and even owned her own cake decorating business. Many of Danville’s residents met Chris at the Gate House at Twin Bridges Waste Management Landfill where she worked for almost 25 years. She happily conversed with everyone that came into the landfill and made each person feel special and appreciated. The job she most enjoyed, however, was being a stay-at-home mom.
Chris was active in the community and liked to stay busy. She led a Girl Scout troop, inspiring girls to grow up to be strong and passionate women who contribute to society. She even wrangled a van full of middle school girls from Indiana to Minnesota to the Mall of America. From the soccer field, you could hear a proud mom cheering on her goalie son. She also could be seen carting 4-H projects around for the fair and bragging about her two Purdue graduates. Chris was also a Master Naturalist and a member of the Danville Church of Christ.
Chris married David E. Cox on 26 May 1979. Together, they had two beautiful children, Carrie Ruth Little (34 yrs) and Kenneth Eugene Cox (32 yrs) who were the highlight of her life. He preceded her in death on 24 January 2018.
She married her best friend, David Paul Wesley Holt, on 27 June 2003. She was the step-mother to Alexander Nicholas Holt (39 yrs) and Tiffany Brooke Holt (37 yrs). Chris and David enjoyed many nights walking the streets of Danville listening to the Summer Sounds on the Square while enjoying an ice cream cone. He preceded her in death on 15 June 2007.
Chris married Ricky Lee Manley, a man that made her laugh, on 4 July 2009. She graciously welcomed his sons, Ryan Levi Manley (29 yrs) and Joshua Wyatt Manley (28 yrs) into her heart. Ricky sparked her inner hidden passion for motorcycle riding; and they enjoyed traveling the back roads of the Midwest on a Harley. She even earned her own permit to ride a Trike. He preceded her in death on 30 December 2016.
She was a traveler and her favorite destination was Sedona, Arizona. She led many trips there with a few of her favorite and close friends—David Holt, Darlene Grogan, Kay Bowman, and Ricky Manley. Chris could be found climbing a mountain spotting a javelina, riding in a hot air balloon, or eating Cactus fries.
Chris was a proud Memaw to three beloved grandchildren: Caleb (5 yrs) and Avery (2 ½ yrs) Little and Adelaide (10 months) Cox. She always had a story to share and a picture to show off.
As her family reflects on Chris’s life and discovers no picture without her talking or laughing, we will miss her playing a hand of Dominoes with her family or lounging in her hammock on a sunny afternoon. We take comfort in knowing that she is walking the Streets of Gold with our Savior, Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14).
Chris is survived by her daughter, Carrie (James) Little of Lebanon; son, Kenneth (Emily) Cox of Ellettsville; grandchildren, Caleb and Avery Little; Adelaide Cox; parents, Floyd and Jenny (McKay) McClane; brothers, David Alan McClane and Jeffery McClane; sister, Darlene (McClane) Grogan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 3:20 pm on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Baker Funeral Home, Danville, with burial to follow in Danville South Cemetery. Brother Steven Jaggers will officiate. Visitation will be from 2:00-6:00 pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grandchildren of Chris Manley c/o Baker Funeral Home 387 E Broadway St Danville, IN 46122. Online condolences may be made at www.bakerfuneralservice.com