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100th birthday party planned for McManus

Submitted to DCN

Wilma McManus, prominent Adel resident, will celebrate her 100th birthday Sunday, July 20.

Since she fell and broke her leg, McManus has been living at Legacy Point in Waukee.

Wilma was an educator for over 30 years in different schools in the area.

“All I ever wanted to do was to teach,” said McManus. “When I went to school, I looked up to my teachers and wanted to be just like them.”

After her husband passed away in the early 1950s, she decided that in order to support herself and her daughter, she would continue teaching and take summer and Saturday classes at Drake University.

“I’ve always been in the school business and going to Drake to get my degree was an amazing experience, not just because I graduated, but because I could take care of my child at the same time.”

Wilma eventually worked her way up to county supervisor, a position she held for 11 years.

She then moved to being a K–6 grade principal at Waukee for another 11 years before retiring.

Even though McManus no longer teaches, she said that teaching was a great life experience.

“If I had to live life again, I would do it all over again,” she said.

After her retirement, Wilma was active in the community, church and spent time visiting friends.

McManus had her own garden and loved to make jams and applesauce to give to her neighbors.

She helped out the Adel Historical Museum and was the go-to person for historical questions.

A 100th birthday celebration for McManus will be held Sunday, July 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Village at Legacy Pointe, 1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, Waukee.

Well wishers may also send cards and letters to this address.

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