Doris Manning Bowman 

March 13, 2022

Doris was born September 25, 1927 in Mexico, MO to Jim and Francis Reed.  They soon moved to Elsberry, MO, where Doris spent her entire childhood before going to Culver Stockton College.  There, she met her future husband, Thomas F. Manning.  They married in 1948 and celebrated 49 years together before he passed away in 1997.  She dedicated her life to raising, supporting and providing a great example to their three children Janice Ann (Crandall), James Reed and Jeff Thomas.

She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with being an avid fan of the Chiefs, Royals and especially the Kansas Jayhawks.

In 2001, she married her long-time friend of 50+ years, Vall Bowman.  Before Vall’s passing in 2015, they enjoyed traveling, entertaining and family get-togethers.

Doris will be loved and missed by her two sons, Jim and Jeff, Jim’s wife Wendy, son-in-law Doug Crandall, Doug’s wife, Pam,  grandchildren Chris (Amber) Manning, Kim (Adam) Venegas, Kelly (Brian) Bilenki, Caitlyn (Luke) Zeller, Nick (Maranda) Manning, Lindsey (Nick) Andrus, Katie (Chauncey) Pickering, Sarah (Stephen) Angelette, Beth Crandall, Wendy’s sons Kyle and Chris Hutchings, Vall’s children Lynn, Tom and Anne Bowman, along with 17 great-grandchildren.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tom, her devoted daughter Jan in 2008 and second husband Vall.

Visitation is Sunday, March 20 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church located at 7406 Ward Parkway Kansas City, Mo. 64114

The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 21 at  9:30am at the church.  The service will be live streamed at

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