Frances Spinnet Manion, age 102, a longtime resident of Lockport, NY, peacefully passed away at her home in Longwood, FL, from natural causes on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Frances was born in 1910 in Homer City, PA. She grew up in Geneva, NY, with her sisters, Anna and Elizabeth.
Frances left Geneva at age 17 and moved to New York City, where she graduated from the Brooklyn Hospital School of Nursing. After her graduation in 1930, she became a Metropolitan public health nurse for Niagara County. Always a care-giver, she provided nursing services to the residents of Lockport including birthing support, new-mother education, baby care, physical therapy, care for the sick, and general health assistance.
She married William J. Manion (1905-1977) from Rochester, NY, in 1942. From the mid 1950's until 1978, Frances ran the Lockport Physicians Exchange and Nurses Registry out of her home on Beattie Avenue. This answering service handled after hours and emergency calls. The Nurses Registry provided private duty nursing assignments throughout Lockport. She may have been the first Ask-A-Nurse service as she often counseled callers on what actions to take. After selling her businesses and retiring, she worked as a nurse at several Lockport nursing homes including Saint Clair Manor on Locust St. and the Odd Fellows Home on Old Niagara St. She was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lockport.
She is survived by four children, Thomas Manion of Cabin John, MD, William Manion of Olney, MD, John Manion of Apopka, FL, and Michael Manion of The Villages, FL. Her only daughter, Monica Manion Weidenbach, predeceased her in February of 2000. She leaves eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones.
Relatives and friends may call from 4-8 PM on Friday, November 30th at the Taylor and Reynolds Funeral Home, corner of Transit and Niagara Streets, where the funeral will be held on Saturday, at 10 AM at the funeral home. Burial in Cold Springs Cemetery.