Ellen Swoyer Manning, 67, formerly of Flourtown, advertising manager at the Chestnut Hill Local during the late 1990s, died April 16 of esophageal cancer at Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth Hospital. She had been living in Alvarado, Texas, for the past three years.
Ms. Manning oversaw display advertising sales at the Local from 1996 to 2000.
Len Lear, editor of the Local Life section of the Local, described Ms. Manning as “one of my favorite Local employees.”
“I thought she did a great job in advertising, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a devoted mother and citizen of this community,” he said. “She was a lovely human being and a great friend.”
Active in community affairs, she was instrumental in the revitalization of the Black Horse Inn as a member of the Friends of Bethlehem Pike. She was an advocate for women in crisis and worked tirelessly with victims of domestic violence. After moving to Texas in 2014, she continued to spend tine with patients in hospice care.
Born in Germantown, she was a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School.
She is survived by a son, Christopher John Manning; a daughter, Sarah Ryan Wellborn; sisters Susan Swoyer Lloyd, Mary Swoyer-Larson, Patricia Swoyer-Salber and Anne Swoyer; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, with Dr. Elizabeth Frumin officiating. All are welcome to attend. – WF