She was our mother, mentor, benefactor, and friend.
She was born Nov. 29, 1926 in Chicago, Ill., to Albert Frank Comiskey and Charlotte Ann (Lottie) Verry. She came to California as a young woman and studied at UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton. She married Jerome McManus (deceased 1983) and raised four boys. In 1974, she started a business career, first with a sandwich shop located across the street from UC Irvine, and then three years later working for the founder of Kinko’s Copy in the same University Town Center building.
McManus soon purchased that same copy shop along with the right to do business as Kinko’s Copy and Stationery in the cities of Irvine, Newport Beach, and later, Laguna Beach. She went on to open eight stores and made many, many friends among customers, vendors, and employees. In December of 1998 she sold the business back to the nationwide Kinko’s Corporation and retired to a life of family, friends, and travel to Asia, South America, and Europe.
McManus leaves behind her sons and their families, Paul and Gina (Nicolas and Charlotte Rose); Philip and Agnes (Amahlia, Joshua, and Ayla); Blair and Albenia (Jerri, Brian, and Kendra); and bachelor son Sean, a resident of Brazil. She also leaves behind “adopted” daughter, Vilma Dunn Koscil and long time friend and business partner, Charles “Rollin” Buchanan. Her ashes will be spread at her mountain “hideaway” in Garner Valley.