, Salem, MA

February 14, 2013

Clara Ellen (Whitmore) Manning, 66

SALEM — Clara Ellen (Whitmore) Manning, 66, of Salem, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Salem Hospital. Born in Salem, February 17, 1946, she was the daughter of the late, Harvey and May (Buxton) Whitmore of Salem. She was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School.

A dedicated loving mother, grandmother and sister, her free spirit will be missed most by those who knew her best. A lifelong resident of the city of Salem, Ellen enjoyed spending time outdoors and would often take her grandchildren on nature walks through the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Ellen spent many years enjoying the company of her dear friend, Kurt Hatch of Salem. Ellen always looked forward to her movie night sleepovers with her daughter, Robin, with many of those nights creating lasting memories for her faithful daughter.

Ellen is survived by her beloved daughter, Robin O’Keefe and her husband, Kevin of Ipswich; her three grandchildren, Kylie, Joseph and Kiera O’Keefe; her brothers, Bruce Whitmore of Weston and David Whitmore of Topsfield; and several nieces and nephews. Clara was predeceased by her brother, Harvey Whitmore. Ellen will be missed deeply by all her who knew her.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq. (At Salem Common), Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ellen’s memory to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit