Vivian Maness


October 29, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Vivian Maness of Iola went to be with the Lord at Allen County Regional Hospital on Oct. 27, 2018. She was 91. She was surrounded by family at the time of her passing.

Illah Vivian Lamphear was born Feb. 11, 1927 on a farm in McDonald County, Mo., she was the daughter of Joseph E. and Minnie Evaline (Francisco) Lamphear. The family moved to Wheaton, Mo., in 1942 when the farm where they had previously lived was acquired by the government for Camp Crowder, a military camp during World War II.

While living in Wheaton, Vivian met Sterling E. Maness, Jr. They were married July 29, 1945, when Sterling returned from the war. They made their home in Wheaton, Mo. Later they moved to Wichita, and in 1963 they moved to Iola.

Vivian attended nursing school in Chanute. She worked as an LPN for 26 years, in area nursing homes. She retired after spending 21 years at Country Side Estates in Iola.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981, and three grandchildren. Survivors include one son, Bill Maness, and wife Erin, Iola; four daughters, Rosalie Howell, and husband Wayne, Topeka; Nancey Haen, Chanute; Barbara Troxel, Newton, and Sonya Maness-Turner and husband, Charles Turner II, Jacksonville, Fla.; 19 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Iola, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Anthony Maness will officiate. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery in Iola, Kansas. Condolences may be left at


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