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Well-respected schoolteacher dies of liver cancer


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 31, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mabel R. Manley, an often-honored Pinellas County schoolteacher, died Monday (Oct. 30, 2000) at home. She was 60.

Mrs. Manley, most recently a math teacher at Bay Point Middle School, died of liver cancer, her family said.

Nominated recently for the Walt Disney American Math Teachers Award 2000, Mrs. Manley also was recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers this year. She was named the 1994 Pinellas County Mathematics Teacher of the Year, the 1996 University of South Florida College of Education Teacher of the Year and the 1985 Reading Teacher of the Year when she taught in King William, Va.

Mrs. Manley also taught in Brunswick, Ga.; Richmond, Va.; and Rahway, N.J.

Born in Fitzgerald, Ga., she came here at age 17 after graduating from high school. She received an associate's degree in mathematics from Gibbs Junior College in 1960 and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of South Florida, Tampa, in 1967. She held a master's degree in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Survivors include two daughters, Valencia Nettles and Carlotta Cooper, and two sons, Eddie Maultsby Jr. and James Maultsby, all of St. Petersburg; four sisters, Dorothy Shelton, Pompano Beach, Bessie Battle, Samson, Ala., and Clara Lundy and Vernell Raines, both of Charlotte, N.C.; nine brothers, Jessie Manley and George Manley, both of Detroit, Jacob Manley and Warren Manley, both of Brunswick; Sinclair Manley, Killeen, Texas, Samuel Wade Manley, St. Petersburg, Jerry Manley, Glennville, Ga., and Robert Manley and Joseph Manley, both of Fitzgerald; and five grandchildren.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zion Hill Mortuary, 1700 49th St. S.

A wake will be at 6 p.m. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 955 20th St. S, where she was a member.

Burial will be at Royal Palm Cemetery South.

-- Information from Times files was used in this obituary.

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