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Libby Dell Manning Garcia

October 1, 1982 ~ June 21, 2022 (age 39)

Tribute

Libby Dell Manning Garcia swung open the Gates of Heaven and ran to meet her Maker on June 21, 2022 on Amarillo surrounded by her family. 

The family will receive guests on Friday evening, June 24, 2022 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Schooler Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Paramount Baptist Church.  Rev. Rick Trafton and Dr. Andrew Hebert will officiate.   Interment will follow at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 South Georgia. 

Libby was born on October 1, 1982 in Amarillo to her parents Tommy and Nancy Graham Manning.  She graduated from Randall High School in 2001 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a minor in Social work from West Texas A&M.  During her college years Libby decided she needed a part time job.   She soon found herself working as a bank teller at the downtown location of Amarillo National Bank.  She flourished at ANB and began to build a career with them that would last almost twenty years.  With her dynamic personality, attention to detail and tenacity she quickly worked her way up to Assistant VP/ Customer Service Supervisor and an IRA Specialist.   Often she was called on to train others and to consult on projects and new hires. The family atmosphere and commitment to the community she found working there drove her success.  She eagerly served the community and ANB with all she had. Being a highly motivated and driven individual she served on board of the Downtown Women’s Center, served as a Loaned Executive with The United Way, as well as volunteered her time to CASA, and 24 Hours in the Canyon.  

Advocacy is defined as the act of speaking out on the behalf of or in support of someone or something.  Libby was the personification of an advocate, beginning with herself, unfortunately out of necessity.  For quite some time, Libby felt something was not quite right with her health.   She needed someone to “hear” her; yet she had to fight for the testing needed.  Had it not been for her sheer determination and insistence the diagnosis of her illness may have never come. That diagnosis, which would have destroyed many people, empowered Libby and she took it upon herself to empower others.  She was an invited speaker at the Harrington Cancer Center, at women’s clubs, her story appeared in Accent West and she was even featured on the Keep Your Powder Dry podcast.  Libby wanted to spread the importance of self-care, the importance of fighting for treatment and patient advocacy and most importantly being an advocate of your own health and selecting a course of treatment that allowed you to live how you wanted. 
   
Libby knew that by choosing a certain course of treatment her life might be extended, but her question to that was “at what cost?”  Libby lived big, Libby loved big, and she had no intention of slowing down or giving anything less than her everything.  She fiercely and courageously fought her disease. She faced her mortality but always on her own terms.  Perhaps it was her positive and energetic spirit that kept her living life to the fullest; giving, loving and appreciating everyone and everything with the time she was given.
 
Libby’s energy was inviting and people were drawn to her.  She found herself surrounded by angels that encouraged her and stepped up in extraordinary ways.  This support given to her from her ANB Family, the Betenboughs, the Harrington Cancer Center, her Paramount Baptist Church family, Angel Flights, and many others was overwhelming.  It allowed Libby to continue on exactly as she wanted, on her own terms. 

The world has lost an incredible force, but heaven has gained, well a new V.P., and a rather outspoken one at that!

Libby was preceded in death by her grandparents, Grover and Ozada Graham; her grandmother Carrol Manning; her cousin David Earp; and her beloved canine companion, Redd.

She is survived by her parents, Tommy and Nancy Manning; her sister Chloe Ozada Evans and her husband Logan of Lubbock; her brother Graham Kirk Manning of Amarillo; her best friend Haley Maness and her husband Brandon and their daughter, Adeline, of Aiken, SC; her boyfriend Floyd Wills of Bushland; her aunts and uncles,  Grover and Anne Graham, James and Mary Earp all of Denton, Jimmy and Charresa Manning, Debbie and Mike Pettitt all of Amarillo, and Lennie “Lulu” and Rusty Statham of Wellington; her devoted pup Hank, the son of Redd; her Amarillo National Bank Family; and many other loving family members and friends too numerous to mention. 

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all that helped them and Libby throughout this journey.  There are no words adequate for how touched they are by each of you. 

The family suggests that memorials be made in Libby’s memory to 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center, 6600 Killgore Dr #100, Amarillo, TX 79106 or Angel Flight South Central, PO Box 2207, Addison, TX 75001
 


Services

Family to receive guests
Friday
June 24, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel
4100 South Georgia
Amarillo, TX 79110

Funeral Service
Saturday
June 25, 2022

1:00 PM
Paramount Baptist Church
3801 South Western
Amarillo, TX 79109

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