Condolences for Bunky Womble Manley


Avarie Worth posted on 8/9/21

she was the best person out there she will be loved I missed her she was the best teacher I always remembered coming into her classroom and whenever I coming into her classroom I feel like she's always happy and it lights her day up please remember Ms. Mary Bunky Womble Manly on Instagram of #RIPMBWM which stands for RIP Mary Elizbeth bunky womble manly you will truly and certainly be loved you spread joy all around you.



Avarie Worth posted on 8/9/21

Ms Manly


Fil Bondurant posted on 2/23/21

Womble & Manley families, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Bunky. I met her at Elon and have very fond memories of our friendship. I am truly sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and may God give you the comfort and peace that you seek during this difficult time.


Carroll Monger posted on 2/4/21

We were saddened to hear about Bunky. As principal of Linkhorn Park Elementary, one of the best decisions I ever made was to offer a teaching position to Bunky. She was an excellent teacher who demonstrated love and concern for each of her students. Bunky will always be remembered as a truly good person. All of us at Linkhorn benefitted from her positive, fun-loving personality and her friendly smile and willingness to help others. Bunky will be missed by all of us who knew and loved her. Carroll Monger


Shirley Barco posted on 2/4/21

My deepest condolences extend to Bunky's family. I had the pleasure of working with Bunky for many years at Linkhorn Park Elementary. She undoubtedly was a teacher's teacher. She was one of the finest that I had the pleasure of working with. She always had the best interests of her students at heart and worked to make sure each one of them were encouraged to always do their best. She was extremely instrumental in the initiation and development of the Math and Science Academy at the school. She will sorely be missed by many but what a wonderful legacy she leaves with each of us.


The Deaver Family posted on 2/1/21

Ms. Manley was the most amazing teacher and human being, and our family is so sad to hear she has left this life too soon! She taught all four of my children at Linkhorn Park, and she felt like family to us. She truly loved what she did and her energy and enthusiasm were relentless. She made every child feel loved and special; she always put the children first. We are so sorry for the family's loss and those in the community whose lives she touched so much. She will be forever missed and remembered for her big heart and warm smile. She really is an angel now.


Tim and Trina Neal posted on 2/1/21

Dear Mrs. Womble, Billy, and Barbara, I am very sad to hear about Mary. She was always so kind and warm. That beautiful smile. Our love and prayers are with the entire family.


Mary Jo Lascara posted on 1/31/21

My deepest sympathy to the family . I have fond memories when we worked together briefly during our college year in the summer season at the Black Angus. The laughter and mischievous pranks were endless . She was a Powerhouse then and apparently remained the same lovely person I admired in those days.May your memories comfort you during these challenging times.


Roy Ward posted on 1/31/21

I was very close to her father, Worked with Bunky at Womble Realty,She all ways had a smile on her face , ever with unusual situations. I know the family will miss her.I am sorry now i never took her motorcycle riding. Like I promised her. God be with the family now and for ever.



Liza Sulinski posted on 1/30/21

I met Bunky through the ziMS Foundation. As a fellow teacher, I was always so inspired by her enthusiasm, kindness, dedication and passion for helping people through the ziMS Foundation as well as education. She was an incredibly kind, thoughtful person who always remembered everyone and had a smile and a personal thing to say. I will remember her fondly. May her memory be a blessing.


Jeannine and John Leonard posted on 1/30/21

Jeannine, Johnny, Caitlin and I were so sorry and saddened to hear of Bunkys passing. She was such a wonderful person. May God rest her soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this most difficult time.



Paula M. Ott posted on 1/29/21

Bunky was one of the first people I met when I started at Linkhorn Park ES. From that first day, we immediately hit it off because we both have a love and excitement for education, science, technology, and life! As the new ITS at Linkhorn, Bunky was always the first person I went to when I wanted to try something new and get items into the hands of kids. She was always ready and willing to give it a try, regardless of how crazy. Just last year I got Bunky to work with me through an AI (Artificial Intelligence) Course so we could broaden our depth of knowledge and find ways to integrate it into the classroom. We were both scared and felt out of our league. I told her that I knew it was going to be difficult, but something these kids needed to get them future-ready because they are digital natives. Well, that was all she needed to hear! Over these past three years, Bunky was not only my colleague, but had become my dear friend. We shared many conversations, stories, laughs, and even a few tears. The world has loss an incredible person that cannot be replaced and will never be forgotten. Someone like Bunky does not come along often and anyone that had the privilege to know her, will forever have a mark on their heart. Love you dear friend, Paula


Wissie Wilkinson posted on 1/29/21

We are shocked and saddened at the news of Bunky's passing. Bunky was a fabulous third grade teacher and made each day of school a day to remember for our son, Drew. She will remain in our hearts and thoughts forever. Our sincere sympathy to Bunky's family.



Louise C Gaskins posted on 1/27/21

To Rosalie, Bill, Barbara, and Mary Elizabeth's sons, Tanner & Alex, she was a very special lady. Our family, sends our condolences and love. The Gaskins Family, David, Matt, Kym and Louie


Tommy Foskey posted on 1/26/21

It is with my greatest sympathy that I write this for Mary Bunky Womble Manley. A long time friend from a wonderful family who always treated me with respect and kindness. May you rest in peace. My sincere condolences to the entire Womble family.


Anne and Tom Chowns posted on 1/26/21

We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful person and friend.


Sara Kliewer posted on 1/26/21

Mary & I had so many wonderful times together. I was the new girl from Hawaii starting at Kempsville our Junior year. Mary took me under wing & became my next door neighbor. We even had our own language only we could understand. We tried to replicate on my last visit to Virginia Beach. I am so grateful I had a last visit with such a dear friend from long ago. Rest In & will miss you! Your Junebug from Texas!


Deb Barnett posted on 1/26/21

I am so sorry to learn of Bunky’s passing. She was such a spirited and kind person. Prayers up to her family. May her memory be a blessing.


Jerrie (Pamela) Barraco posted on 1/26/21

Rosalee and family I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


Robyn Gartenlaub posted on 1/26/21

Bunky was a bright light at Linkhorn Park ES. When I joined the LPES family she welcomed me with open arms. She always had a smile on her face and a warm hug! I also had the pleasure of working Camp Invention! Best week of my summer! Bunky you’re missed and you’re loved by many!


Michelle Turner posted on 1/26/21

Dear Womble family, I am sorry that I never knew Bunky personally. She sounds as if she was an amazing person and certainly seems to have had a mutual love for ZETA! I am writing today to share my sympathy with the entire family, especially Mrs. Womble and Barbara. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With sincere condolences, Michelle Themides Turner


Brian OHara posted on 1/26/21

I am sure if Mark and Scott where still here they would have multiple stories of Bunky. But I have been blessed to know this wonderful family and all they have done for their community. My thoughts and prayers are with you all today.


Ashleigh Jansen posted on 1/26/21

Ms. Manley was one of the most encouraging and inspiring teachers I ever had! She always made me feel so loved and valued, and cared about her students so much. She was such a light in my life and inspired my studies so much. I am going to miss her more than ever, but will always remember all the lives she changed and hearts she touched.


Sherri-Ann Guertin Carson posted on 1/26/21

I was so sorry to learn of the loss of Bunky! I am a graduate of ODU and part of the Zeta chapter there. I loved her from our first meeting! She was so full of life and you couldn’t help feeling great when she was around! My condolences to her family. I know your feelings of loss at this time are profound!


Charles Watrous posted on 1/26/21

RIP Bunky. Thoughts and prayers to everyone affected. Thankful for all the hospitality over the years. Godspeed.


Chuck liebold posted on 1/26/21

So sorry to hear this. She will be missed by all.


Cindi Crain posted on 1/26/21

I know, for a while, my first thoughts of Bunky will be of sadness. Eventually, soon I hope, that will be replaced with a smile remembering her as a wonderful coworker at school and as a friend.


Steven Earp posted on 1/26/21

Bunky, it has been so long in seeing you but the memories, your laugh and contagious smile will always be vivid in my heart and mind. I had the great pleasure growing up knowing the Womble family stretching back 5 decades. It seems so unfair that someone who has given so much to so many and still has plenty in her tank can be taken from us so soon. But it seems you are being called home for a higher calling. Your teachings and inspiration will carry on in so many for years and that is always good thing. RIP dear angel and prayers of comfort and strength to the her sons, Rosalie, Billy, Barbara and all other family, friends and her students.


Emily Barcalow posted on 1/26/21

Mrs. Manley was my third grade teacher and yearly role model as I grew from a camper to a counselor at Camp Invention. The summer after third grade, I was tasked with taking home the class turtles and let me tell you I was SO excited to report back to her all our memories over the summer. She was someone my whole family knew and appreciated, even for my sister who was not in her class, but needed her assistance in math for a couple months. Now as a junior in high school, I am so so grateful to have met this wonderful woman. I wish I could have seen you more recently, rest easy Mrs. Manley<3



Debi Divelbiss-Linehan posted on 1/26/21

The Womble family took me in my senior year so that I could make all my sports events after our family moved to our horse farm before 1973



Jodie Luke posted on 1/26/21

She was a big part of my life! We were sisters first, the friends, then besties. We were the original “Thelma & Louise”! So many wonderful memories and adventures together. I will miss her everyday for the rest of my life. Prayers to the family that I love so much.



Debi Divelbiss-Linehan posted on 1/26/21

Bunky & I where very close. My senior year was spent living with the Wombles since my family moved to our horse farm and I had so much going on at school that they took me in as one of their own to get me through that year ! God bless you in heaven monkey then I’ll see you soon and God bless your wonderful family for always being so sweet to me


Anthony Checchio posted on 1/26/21

Bunky, you will be forever missed. So many great times over the years. Love you like a mother. I’m so glad I got to see you recently. Could have never imagined that would be the last time I saw you. I’m really glad Cooper got to meet you. See you at the Sunday stew in the sky one day.



Debi Divelbiss-Linehan posted on 1/26/21

Bunky and her family welcomed me into their home my senior year when I no longer lived in the district so that I could make it to school on time as well as their wonderful Family helping me in anyway that they could. God bless you all and may your heart remember all the wonderful things she did for us each and every time you saw her ! God bless you in heaven I know you’ll be sitting on the Lords right side


The Redingers posted on 1/26/21

Moms - I love you and thank you for putting up with all of our nonsense as kids & especially thank you for the Sunday Stew. Love and miss you.