Nov. 22, 1957-Dec. 2, 2003
PENDLETON - A memorial service for Norma Nanette Manta will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. A dinner will follow at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute at 5 p.m. Disposition is to be by cremation with the remains to be taken to the Wallowas.
Ms. Manta, 46, of Pendleton, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at her home.
She was born Nov. 22, 1957, at Los Angeles, to Leah J. Conner, who named her after her own brother, Norman J. Conner. Her ancestry was Cayuse-Umatilla-Nez Perce, Portuguese and Hawaiian. She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla.
She was raised in the San Fernando Valley by Lena and Theodore Manta. She attended public schools, obtained her GED and later was a student at Mount San Jacinto and Blue Mountain community colleges. She had worked in firefighting, caregiving, food service, scale operation, auto body repair and as a detox guide in women's recovery.
She was featured on a poster for the 2000 U.S. Census. Her image was superimposed on a likeness of Young Chief Joseph, her grandfather's great uncle, to encourage American Indians and Alaska natives to be counted.
Ms. Manta enjoyed reading, movies, beadwork, sewing, car shows and Harleys. She enjoyed camping and visiting at the Tamkaliks Celebration and the Pendleton Round-Up.
Survivors include children, Raven Marie Manta, of Pendleton and Michael Manta Rhynes, of Winchester, Calif.; mother, Leah Conner; brothers and sisters, Theodore Manta Jr., of Hemet, Calif., Roberta Conner, Brian Conner and Dana Conner, all of Pendleton, Charles Warren of Alpine, Calif., and Kimberly Stohr of Redmond, Wash.; an aunt; two uncles; 36 cousins; and 24 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Lena and Theodore Manta, and a brother, Robert Hibbs.
Bishop Funeral Chapel of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.