Edra Claudine Manuel

August 8, 1930 - October 4, 2012

Edra Claudine Manuel, 82, of Richland, passed away on Oct. 4, 2012, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 8, 1930, in Hollis, Okla. Raised on her maternal grandparents farm outside Hollis, Okla., she attended Hollis High School and worked on her grandparent’s farm.

Edra entered the Army on Feb. 16, 1949, meeting her future husband and getting married on Oct. 23, 1949. She played on the camp Stoneman California WAC basketball team.

She raised five children and helped raise two grandchildren. She volunteered with the PTA and taught preschool and Sunday school at the Richland Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening, painting, selling Avon, helping her children with their pets, hunting for agates on the Washington and Oregon beaches, feeding and watching the birds in her backyard bird feeder.

Edra is survived by her husband, Art Manuel; children, Vicki Contini, Kathy Espinosa, Pam Briggs, Denise Meinke and Chris Manuel; grandchildren, Christina Heater, Regina Powers, Kali Hawkins, Sarah Hawkins, Amanda Meinke, Jeremy Meinke; great-grandchildren, Caleb Heater, Jessica Heater, Zachary Heater, Liam Powers, Caitlyn Powers, Ethan Miller; numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Aileen Atkinson; father, Claude Ketchersid; and her brother, Gerald Ketchersid.

Visitation will take place at Einan’s Funeral Home, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will take place at Richland Church of Christ, Friday, Oct, 12, 2012, at 4 p.m. A graveside service will take place at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at noon.

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