EUGENE, Ore. – A funeral service was held Wednesday in honor of Lawanda Manning, wife of Sen. James Manning.
Manning issued a statement in a newsletter thanking the public for the outpouring of support after his wife’s death.
During her work at the Oregon Legislature, people were drawn to Lawanda’s charm and commitment to change, and when the pandemic hit, she spent long hours helping constituents, Manning wrote.
“Her absence will be sorely felt,” he added.
The service was set to start at 2 p.m. at the Willamette Christian Center in Eugene. All were welcome to attend and were asked to consider making a donation to Food For Lane County in Lawanda’s name in lieu of flowers.
Several lawmakers and more were set to speak at the service, including Sen. Ron Wyden, Gov. Kate Brown and Police Chief Bob Morris.