She was born Sept. 6, 1918, in Mentone, Ind., to William Ray and Bernice (Goshert) Rush. On June 14, 1941, she was married to Lt. Miles Leroy Manwaring, who died on Sept. 18, 1960. On Sept. 16, 1978, she married Harold A. Derry, who died on July 17, 2004.
She was a 1936 graduate of Mentone High School. She retired from a long career in banking in 1983. She was with First National Bank of Warsaw for 22 years and was previously employed by Farmer State Bank of Mentone.
Mary was a life-long resident of Kosciusko County. She was a member and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Warsaw where she was active in the Women’s Organization and member of the sewing and quilting circles. She had been a teacher in the children’s department. She was a member of the Zerelda Reading Club, P.E.O Sisterhood and Thursday Bridge Group. She served two terms on the United Way Board and served 3,000 volunteer hours with the former Kosciusko Community Hospital Auxiliary.
Mary had a wide range of interests including her church, knitting, (especially cancer caps) and other hand work, cards and other games, sports and culture events, but her greatest interest was her large family and keeping up with each and every member.
She is survived by two children: Larry (Luanne) Manwaring, Spartanburg, S.C.; and Elaine (Ted) Hite, Lawrence, Kan.; three step-children: the late Diane (Frank) Grose and Jim (Nancy) Derry, both of Warsaw; and Christy (Kirk) Matlock of Collierville, Tenn.: five grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; 28 step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Ruth Ridgway, Winona Lake, Ind.; and Virginia Hight, Etna Green, Ind.; two brothers: Carl Rush, Beaumont, Texas; and Don Rush, Corunna, Ind.; 18 nieces and nephews; and dear devoted friends: Janet Lasley and Marcia Anderson, both of Warsaw.
She was preceded in death by one sister: Lena Hoffer; and two brothers: Warrant Officer William Rush and Paul Rush.
A service, led by Chaplain Doug West, celebrating Mary’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 S. High St., Warsaw. Burial will be private.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions to: Kosciusko Community Foundation, 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580, designated for the KC Riley Kids Fund Endowment Fund. Online gift may be made to www.kcfoundation.org/donate