March 9, 1953 - November 5, 2021
Laverna Manuel also known as “Quank” to her family was born on March 9th, 1953 in Sacaton, Arizona to parents Harry John Ray Jr. and Frances James. Laverna grew up in Lehi within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community with her 4 brothers and 3 sisters; Harry (Dink), Elmer, Paul (Oats), Heston (Hesty), Priscilla (Sue), Harriet, & Janice. Laverna attended the Mesa Public Schools in which she graduated from Westwood High School in 1971. She went on to attend Haskell Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas where she studied business courses. She worked for the community Salt River Land Management department and then went on to work for the enterprise Salt River Materials, formerly known as Salt River Sand & Rock for 17 years then retired. Laverna cherished spending time with her friends & family. She also enjoyed engaging herself in the community by being involved in various committees and in recent years became involved with the tribal senior center. As a member of the Lehi Church of Nazarene she was highly active not only within the church activities but community church events. As her health had declined, she became limited with her participation but her faith remained strong and she would read the word every day and share her faith every chance she had with others. Laverna leaves behind her daughter Kendra Manuel Rodriguez, son Jalen Manuel along with 5 grandchildren Darian, Aiyana, Chandler, Markus and Jackson. All those that knew Laverna knew she was such a strong, independent loving person and always had a smile on her face. There was something about her that drew people to her spirit and her words of comfort and understanding she shared. She definitely left her mark not only within this community but with the people and places she visited near and far, she will truly be missed by so many. May she now have eternal peace and be with her lord and savior.
Laverna Manuel also known as “Quank” to her family was born on March 9th, 1953 in Sacaton, Arizona to parents Harry John Ray Jr. and Frances James. Laverna grew up in Lehi within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community with... View Obituary & Service Information
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