Kathy Manning, Miss Mississippi 1984, was killed by COVID complications at the young age of 59. After fighting the virus for many weeks, she finally died.
She died December 23 in Collierville, Tennessee, leaving behind three adult children, Robert Edwin Loeb, Anne Hensley Loeb, and Jackson Manning Loeb. Manning divorced.
She is not sure if she received all of her vaccines. Her comments on COVID and the vaccine have been kept private.
Kathy Manning (59) died December 23, 2012, from complications due to COVID.
Manning competed in the state pageant while earing her degree at Ole Miss
Manning is survived by her three children Jackson Manning Loeb (left), Anne Hensley Loeb (second from the left), and Robert Edwin Loeb (right)
She is best remembered as a former pageant queen for her love for animals, people and KISS.
Clarksdale, Mississippi on May 28, 1962 was her birthplace. She was known throughout her teenage and adult years as “Mississippi Sweetheart”, according to her Obituary.
Manning competed in the state Miss Mississippi competition in 1984, while studying at Ole Miss. After winning the preliminary swimsuit competition, Manning was named second place in Miss America’s Miss America Contest. Manning was Miss Mississippi USA 1984 as well as a Miss USA semi finalist.
Manning won the preliminary swimsuit contest and became the second runner-up in the Miss America contest
Manning was married to Loeb and graduated from the university with an undergraduate degree in psychology. While attending the university she was a member of Delta Gamma, a sorority.
Former pageant queen, she toured with USO and was a weather reporter for a Memphis station. She also worked as a model, Christian recording artist, and singer.
According to her funeral, “many people saw her as the heart and soul of Memphis” after her move.
She was active in philanthropy even after she retired from pageantry.
The mother of three is remembered by loved ones as ‘someone who loved to connect with people from many different walks of life – and really get to know them for who they are and what brought them joy.’
Friends noted that she loved people and also her passion for KISS, animals, Christianity, and her love for her friends.
Manning will be laid to rest in Memphis in a private ceremony on Thursday. DailyMail.com has yet to hear back from her family.