Velma Thurgood Manning will celebrate her 90th birthday. Family and friends may attend an open house hosted by her family in her honor from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 9 at West Point Lakeside Stake Center, 800 N. 4000 West.
She was born to Delbert and Verona Blake Thurgood on March 10, 1923. She has lived in West Point and graduated from Davis High School. On Nov. 5, 1941, she married her lifelong sweetheart Elmer F. Manning in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple. He died Dec. 10, 2007.
Their children and spouses are Gary and Kathy Manning, Mark and Laraine Blanch, and Dee and Donna Manning. She has 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
During World War II, she worked at the Navy base in Clearfield. When her children were grown, she worked for the school lunch program at North Davis Junior High School and Hill Air Force Base Elementary School. She has also worked at Sperry Rand, making harnesses for missiles, HAFB and the Internal Revenue Service.
After retirement, she and her husband were snowbirds in St. George and Mesquite, Nev. She is a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She has enjoyed traveling, crocheting afghans, golfing and spending time with her family. She is known by family and friends for having a positive attitude and a smile on her face.