Manuela Marney
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Manuela Marney

Manuela Acosta Marney passed away at her residence in Medford, Oregon with her loving husband and siblings by her side on October 28, 2018. She is survived by her husband, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 8 nephews and 10 nieces. She married Kipton Marney on July 1, 1960 in Texas and moved to the Rogue Valley along with her younger brothers and sisters in December of 1962. Manuela volunteered in the late 1960s as a Spanish Interpreter for Division 4 Jackson County for teachers, parents and other officials. In the 1970s she began working for Jackson County Health Department visiting farm labor camps and their homes to counsel migrant workers and families. She helped plan, implement and evaluate the Migrant Health Program. Manuela studied nursing at Southern Oregon State College as well as volunteered at Jackson County Project Misdemeanant providing legal assistance to Spanish speaking individuals. She was a Member of Jackson and Josephine County Job Council representing Hispanics. Manuela assisted in planning and implementing La Clinica del Valle along with establishing the first Hispanic radio station in the valley. She formed and managed a Mariachi Band including designing and sewing the traditional outfits. Manuela and her husband opened Mi Ranchito restaurant in the 1980s where the Mariachi band often performed. After 15 years of owning Mi Ranchito, Manuela decided to close the restaurant and retire. She continued to actively be involved in the Hispanic Community by creating the Hispanic Yellow Pages and served as a founding member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Manuela will always be remembered for her contributions to the community specifically the Hispanic Community in and around the Rogue Valley. Manuela loved her family and enjoyed sewing, singing and listening to Mexican music and most of all loved being the mother to her brothers and sisters.

The burial service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

Printed Obituary
Published in the Mail Tribune
on November 2, 2018
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