Nancy Cohill Manuel, of Stafford Hall, Clear Spring, MD, died on Wednesday, July 9, 2020 at her home under the care of Hospice.
Born on February 14, 1927 at home she was the youngest daughter of the late Leo Aloysius and Anna Marie Bevans Cohill. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Manuel graduated from Clear Spring High School in 1945. She then enrolled in Shepherd College (now Shepherd University) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education with a major in physical education and a minor in history, graduating in 1949. It was at Shepherd that she met her husband of 72 years, James “Jack” Ernest Manuel. Despite being an educator, she often said that she “majored in Jack Manuel.” They were married on December 28, 1946 while both were still in school at her parents’ home, Stafford Hall. Mrs. Manuel later earned a Master of Arts Degree from Frostburg State University in 1969.
Following her graduation from Shepherd, Mrs.. Manuel taught physical education and history at James Wood High School in Winchester, VA before returning to Washington County in 1952 where she taught physical education and coached girls’ basketball and softball at Boonsboro High School until 1955. She then took a 10-year hiatus from teaching while raising her two sons and caring for her mother who had a debilitating stroke. Mrs. Manuel then returned to teaching in 1965 when she helped pioneer an elementary physical education program at Clear Spring, Salem Avenue, and Conococheague Elementary Schools. She then became a Guidance Counselor at Washington Street School, which subsequently became Western Heights Middle School, until her retirement in 1986 after 25-years of service.
After her retirement, Mrs. Manuel became involved in community activities including the Hagerstown Garden Club, where she served as president from 1997-1999, and the Board of Directors of the Hagerstown Day Nursery, where she also served as president. She was a former member of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Washington County Historical Society, and the Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association. Additionally, she was a former member of Fountain Head Country Club.
Mrs. Manuel was a life-long member of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.
Mrs. Manuel is survived by her two sons, James Cohill Manuel and Thomas Cohill Manuel and his wife Cherie; two grandchildren, Andrew James Manuel and his wife, Hayley and Jennifer Manuel Routzahn and her husband Joshua; two great grandchildren, Krystina and Paige Manuel; and a special niece and nephew Mary Catherine Cohill Gargano and her husband Thomas.
She was proceeded in death by her husband on January 8, 2019; two sisters, Alice Cohill Marquez and Margaret Rose Cohill; and two brothers, Gale Bevans Cohill and Leo William Cohill.
Mrs. Manuel will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a devoted wife and mother. She loved life and people and could effortlessly host a buffet for a 100 people at Christmas as easily as an impromptu dinner for 12 after work. She was beyond generous to all.
A Mass of Christian Burial with the Reverend Ernest Cibelli as Celebrant will be held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 224 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 10:00AM with burial immediately following at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD. The Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc, 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring, MD 21722 has been entrusted with the arrangements. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open from noon until 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Due to COVID-19 regulations, facial coverings are required and social distancing measures will be in effect.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Clear Spring Ambulance Club, P.O. Box 61, Clear Spring, MD 21722; or to the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 400, Clear Spring, MD 21722; or to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742.