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Sydney Renee Manley

February 1, 2010 ~ February 28, 2018 (age 8)
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            Heaven’s gates opened and Sydney Renee (Coari) Manley, a strong and courageous warrior, 8 years old, of Hermann, Missouri, earned her angel wings and went into the arms of Jesus, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, as she was being held by her mommy and daddy, after winning her three year battle with kidney cancer.

            Sydney was born into this world on February 1, 2010 in Mexico, Missouri to her biological parents, Ryan Coari and Lara Davis, who were unable to give her the life a princess deserved, so she was blessed to get another set of parents, Matthew and Dana Manley, who have loved her unconditionally and have showed her how a princess should be treated.

            She was a 1st grade student at Hermann Elementary School and a member of St. John Church in Ellisville.

            Sydney was a young girl who overcame a lot of adversity and health struggles and still managed to be, “A Star That Shined Too Bright.”  Despite the things she was going through, Sydney was always doing kind things for other people.  Most recently, she organized a toy drive that brought in thousands of toys for cancer patients and their families. 

            She was a girl full of life and loved music, singing, dancing, drawing and coloring.  Her favorite pastime with her sisters was playing with their American Girl dolls and she loved playing Minecraft and video games with her brothers.  Sydney was a Supergirl fanatic and loved all princesses.  She loved her family and friends more than life itself and she always made sure they knew how much she loved them.  Sydney loved Jesus and she gave her life to him when she was baptized in November 2017.  She was a big fan of Hannah Kerr, who is a Christian Recording Artist and Hannah’s song, “Warrior,” was Sydney’s theme song. 

            During Sydney’s battle with cancer, her beautiful smile never left her face.  She stole the hearts of everyone she met and she will always be remembered for her strength and her resilience.  Her gorgeous eyes, huge smile and generous heart have touched so many lives across the world.  Through her experiences, Sydney has shown so many people how fragile life is and has inspired countless people to lead their life with love and kindness.

            Sydney is survived by her parents, Matthew Allen and Dana Lee (Christian) Manley, of Hermann; siblings, Landon Boone (Tarrants) Manley and Mary Aunalise (Tarrants) Manley, Cody Michael Manley, Maxwell Daily Manley, Rebecca Jacqueline Manley, of the home in Hermann, Rachel Leann Weiser, of Bridgeton and TobyAnn,  Breckin, Lucas and Colton; uncles and aunts and spouses, Danny Tarrants and fiancée, Ashley Hollensteiner, of Pensacola, Florida, James and Cathy Manley, of St. James, Robert Manley, of Cuba, Janet and John Tarr, of Leesburg, Sharon and Bob Brooks, of Pacific, Karen Fannon, of Belgrade, Montana, Leanna and Wayne Runyon, of St. Charles, John and Janet Manley and Christina Manley, of Cuba; grandfather, Terry Manley, of Cuba; godparents, Lillie Danzer, Mat Welch and Kelly Wittenauer, of St. Louis; in addition to numerous cousins, friends and Sydney Soldier Supporters.

            She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Danny and Mary Christian and Patsy Manley.

            Visitation was held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., March 9, 2018 at St. John Church in Ellisville.  St. Charles County Police Department served as Honor Guard.

            Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., March 10, 2018 at the church.  Rev. Dion Garrett officiated.   Special music was provided by Lauren Hunsinger and Laura Cook and Sky Weston, Reed Weston and Sam Hulme. 

            Interment was in the Wellsville Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Shawn Birdsong, Lillie Danzer, Mark Prior, Danny Tarrants, Mat Welch and Kelly Wittenauer.  Honorary pallbearers were Thomas (TJ) Harris, Michael Isreal, Joe Newman and Brad Wittenauer.  St. Charles County Police Department led the procession as well as had last call at the cemetery.  A special motorcycle escort with hundreds of bikers was provided by family, friends and followers of Sydney’s Soldiers.

            Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.

            Memorial contributions were suggested to the Manley Family c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.