Shirley Manning | Versailles, IN

“I have been here in the United States for 50 years. I’m originally from Newfoundland, Canada. I moved here in 1968 when I married my American sailor husband who was in the Navy. We got married at Key West, FL, then moved to Rhode Island, Lowell MA, Lexington KY and to Batesville in 1980. We moved to Versailles on Thanksgiving 1999.

​Indiana is my favorite place to live in. 

I just like the people and the way of living here. I do miss the ocean though, and that’s why I go back home every two years. 

​When my husband and I retired, we traveled all around the county. Then he had cancer and passed away. I started working at the Butternut store in Versailles and I was there for 13 years. I enjoyed meeting all the people in the community. When the store closed in 2012, I just retired altogether. I enjoy life and travel whenever I can and just have fun doing things with my friends. 

​In 2013, I went through 2 cancer surgeries - bladder and lung. The lung cancer was environmental as I have never smoked. During those trying times, my siblings came down to be here with me. That’s one great thing about my family - we are so close that all I have to do is just pick up the phone to ask for help and they’re here. The distance does not matter. 

​And if I need anything right now, I have my preacher and church family. They’re there for me.

​I’ve been through some rough times, but it all worked out. I just pray to God and He has helped me a lot. I couldn’t have done it without all of His help.”

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