Eleanor M. Mann

January 04, 1925 ‒ March 03, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Eleanor Marie Mann was born on January 4, 1925 to her parents Mr. & Mrs. Bill and Nellie Mitchell in their home on Mock Road in Columbus, Ohio. She was the second of five children to be born at home. Her older brother was Billy, then after Eleanor’s birth was her sister Bonita who presently lives with her husband Jim Gray in the Ostrander, Ohio area. Then came along the younger brothers Marvin and finally Dick. Eleanor grew up in Columbus but from about the fifth grade until she graduated from high school they lived in Grove City, Ohio.

Eleanor met a young man named Francis William Mann when she was about the age of 16 who eventually she married. Another major event in Eleanor’s life at the age of 16 was when she trusted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour during a revival in the Evangelical United Brethren church. Eleanor and Francis were both members of Grace Baptist Church, the church their son started and is now pastored by Pastor John Herdman, until their death. Eleanor was the oldest member of the church and longest living member at the time of her death being a member for 36 years. She worked many different types of jobs in her early years including being a typist for Ohio Bell Telephone and for Curtis Wright as a riveter working on airplanes during World War II. Many called her “Rosie the Riveter” for fun.

Francis served in World War II on the Navy on board a PT boat in the Mediterranean. On one of his leaves Eleanor married Francis in the Methodist church in Ostrander, Ohio and fifty years they re-did their vows in the church their son pastored here in Delaware, Ohio. The couple had two children; Darlene Marie Belt, who everyone knows as Cookie and presently lives in Sunbury, and their son Gary Lee Mann who is an Evangelist out of Gilmer, Texas.

They loved life and especially their family. The little family grew to include seven grandchildren, Jim, Scott and Todd Camp, Bryan Belt, Nicole Koehn, Charity Gabucci and Davina Koehn. From the seven grandchildren are twenty-three great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Eleanor had a rich heritage. Eleanor spent her life for her family, friends and her faith. She truly was a Proverbs 31 lady who made sure her family was cared for and loved.

After Francis death, Eleanor lived by herself in her apartment for many years under the watchful eye of her daughter who saw to her many needs. When her health began to fail she was moved to Delaware Court nursing home in Delaware, Ohio where she spent her remaining years making friends, playing bingo and winning many stuffed animals and being cared for.

Finally, she took her last breath very peacefully, Sunday evening March 3, 2019 to “go home” as she always put it. Her home going service is being held at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center on 101 Valleyside Drive in Delaware, Ohio. The viewing starts at 11:00 A.M. with the service at Noon of Saturday, June 9 officiated by Pastor John Herdman.

The family asks that instead of sending flowers, please send a donation for the funeral expense and mark it for Eleanor Mann.



  • I will miss her very much. She was such a kind and happy person. She reminded me of my mother. Prayers to Cookie, Gary and family. I’m sure she is smiling down from heaven and is at peace now.

  • Eleanor was my neighbor for several years at Oakhurst and she was a kind and happy lady with a good sense of humor. Godspeed Eleanor! I am sorry I will not be able to attend the service, Cookie, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. You were a faithful daughter. God Bless, Karen

  • Eleanor was a beautiful Lady, and will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her loving family… The beautiful memories you have of her will help you all get through this sad and peaceful time. God Bless

  • We have very beautiful memories of Eleanor and France. They have been a blessing to us over the years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God bless all the family at this time.

  • I’m sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort during this difficult time with family and friends. May God’s love and tender mercy give you comfort during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).