Kathy Manning, who was named Miss Mississippi 1984 and went on to a profession as a mannequin and singer, died Dec. 23. She was 59.
Manning died from COVID-19 at a hospital in Collierville, Tenn., in accordance with her obituary. She had been preventing the illness for a number of weeks.
In 1984, Manning gained the Miss Mississippi pageant as a 22-year-old psychology scholar on the College of Mississippi. On the following Miss America pageant, she was second runner-up for the crown.
“Throughout her highschool, school and up to date grad years, she was generally known as Mississippi’s Sweetheart,” her obituary reads. “And after shifting to Memphis, many individuals considered her as the guts of the town.”
Manning modeled for manufacturers together with Coppertone and Maybelline, and he or she went on tour internationally with the USO. She was additionally energetic in the neighborhood in some ways, together with singing at Sunday companies, baptisms and weddings.
Moreover, Manning labored as a climate reporter at Memphis Fox affiliate WHBQ.
“For the many individuals who knew her, she was somebody who cherished to attach with individuals from many alternative walks of life — and actually get to know them for who they’re and what introduced them pleasure,” her obituary learn.
Greater than 800,000 individuals within the U.S. have died from COVID-19.