Virginia A. Manning, a retired Baltimore educator, died Saturday after a heart attack at the home of her daughter in South Plainfield, N.J., where she had lived for about a year. She was 84.
A requiem Mass for Mrs. Manning was being offered today at St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues.
She retired in 1971 as head of special education at Woodbourne Junior High School. She taught there and at the old Alicia Crossland Junior High School for about 15 years.
The former Virginia Ashby was born in Accomac, Va., and grew up in Baltimore. She was a graduate of Douglass High School.
In the 1950s, she was a switchboard operator for the Afro-American newspaper and wrote a column for it called "Ain't It the Truth." At the same time, she attended what is now Morgan State University. She graduated in 1955.
She was a former warden of St. Cecilia's Guild at St. James Church and was a member of Lambda Kappa Mu sorority.
Her husband, John Wesley Manning Jr., died in 1979.
In addition to her daughter, Melisande Brewer, her survivors include two grandsons and several nieces and nephews.