|Neva Pauline Manning Batchelder
Published in The Daily Times on Aug. 19, 2018
Neva Pauline Manning Batchelder
Polly Batchelder, 96, of Mt. Vernon, Md., retired editor, Washington, DC, native, and the
widow of an American University professor, died April 23rd, 2018 in Takoma Park after a
Born Neva Pauline Manning, the youngest child of William and Mabel Manning, she attended
DC Public Schools and graduated from American University in 1943. Her career at the State
Department in Washington and Johns Hopkins Press in Baltimore led eventually to freelance
work as an editor and book designer. She wed Merritt C. Batchelder in 1964 and they moved
to the Eastern Shore in 1972.
In retirement, her hobbies included gardening, art, ornithology, and genealogy. She was a
devoted volunteer who shared her time and talents unstintingly with organizations including the
Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society, Maryland Ornithological Society, Somerset County
Historical Society, and the Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University. Survivors include
her son, Geoffrey Batchelder of Takoma Park, niece Joan Alster of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and
nephew Steve Manning of Beebe, Arkansas.
Burial in Asbury Churchyard, Mt. Vernon, at noon on Thursday, August 23.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to one of the above organizations.