ADA — Charla Roxanne (Cronk) Mankey, 69, died on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 9:10 a.m., at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. She was born on Sept. 11, 1944, in Danville, Illinois, to parents Dr. John and Rosemary (Gunn) Cronk and they preceded her in death.

Charla graduated from Superior Central High School in 1962 and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Superior Wisconsin. In 1972 she proudly married her husband, Steven Mankey, and he survives in Ada.

Charla was a high school art teacher at Upper Scioto Valley Schools from 1971 until she retired in 2010. She was a passionate and dedicated educator for 43 years. She was a long term member of the Ohio Art Education Association, was one of the original founders of the Harvest and Herb Festival, was responsible for the art show at the Hardin County Fair for several years, crocheted and donated hundreds of blankets for Hugs for Homeless Animals and spent her retirement enjoying time with her grandkids.

Also surviving are three children, Rachael Mankey Smith of Grand Blanc, Michigan, Breeanna Becker, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Natalie Mankey, of Columbus; six grandchildren, Halie Setterstrom, Alexis Smith, Jadynne Smith, Zoe Becker, Tre Smith and Miles Becker; a sister, Rhoda (Steve) Wills, of Munising, Michigan; a brother, Charles Cronk, of Clearwater, Florida; and special dog, Fiona. She was preceded in death by her son, William Destry Chase.

A celebration of Charla’s life will be held at the Mankey residence on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 1 p.m., when all her grandchildren, family and friends can be present.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations in Charla Mankey’s name be made to the Upper Scioto Valley Art Department.

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