MANKENBERG—Maisie Kay Giles (Scanlan) Mankenberg, 78, formerly of Florence, passed away peacefully Jan. 11, 2021, in Mesa, Ariz., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Maisie was born May 23,1942, in Lamar, Colo., to Ray Lee and Lillian Emily (Claybrook) Giles.
Maisie was an only child but grew up in eastern Colorado surrounded by family and friends. In her youth, Maisie participated in many activities including 4-H, band, cheerleading and square dancing — she loved to dance!
She attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, where she obtained a degree in business and her teaching certificate, participated as a cheerleader and met and married her first husband, Jay Scanlan.
After graduation, they relocated to Florence, Ore., to teach and start a family. Maisie was a dedicated teacher and taught business and typing at Siuslaw High School for 30 years.
She started her career with manual typewriters and ended with a room full of computers.
Maisie was the biggest fan of her three children as they participated in multiple sporting activities during their school years, which required countless hours in the car and gymnasiums to make all of their events!
She loved the outdoors and enjoyed walking and running on the beach, as well as camping and backpacking in the mountains of Oregon and Idaho with friends and family.
She also developed an interest in massage and therapeutic touch and used these skills to bring comfort to others.
Maisie met and married the love of her life, Don Mankenberg, in Florence in 1991. They enjoyed dancing and spending time together in the outdoors.
Maisie retired from teaching in the Siuslaw School District in 1998.
After 40 years of living on the Oregon Coast, she and Don relocated to Gold Canyon, Ariz., in 2004 to be closer to family. During her retirement, Maisie enjoyed traveling, dancing, camping and being outdoors, photography and — most of all — spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Maisie was a loving and generous mother, grandmother, friend and teacher, and she made a lasting impact on all that knew her. She will be remembered for her kind heart, her beautiful smile and her contagious laugh; all of which remained even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Maisie is survived by her children: Kenon Neal (Kirk), Stacey Scanlan (Darren Johnson) and Jason Scanlan (Wendy); stepdaughters Ann Bassett (Tom) and Sue Humphrey (Craig); her grandchildren: Tanner Scanlan, Emily Scanlan Thatcher (Andrew), Riley, Lily and Maisy Scanlan, Joseph Neal, Jaycie Neal Merkley (Josh) and Jennifer Neal, Sydney and Colin Roman, and Nicolas Humphrey; Uncle Allen Claybrook; multiple cousins and numerous friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Mankenberg; her parents Ray and Emily Giles; and grandson Jacob Neal.