Marva Lea Manning Kizer “Miggs”

Marva Lea Manning Kizer


June 20, 10924 – June 11, 2017

Palm Desert, CA – Miggs Kizer, a resident of Palm Desert California for the last 31 years, passed away on June 11, 2017. Her friends and family valued her wry sense of humor, endless curiosity, and love of family. Miggs was born in Los Angeles, the only child of Timothy J. Manning and Esther Werz Manning. Miggs attended both Mills College at the University of California and also the University of Nebraska, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, before marrying 1st Lieutenant Thomas L. Kizer, a U.S. Marine pilot, in 1944. Lieutenant Kizer flew torpedo bombers in World War II, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism in the battle for the Solomon Islands. After the war, Mr Kizer went into the advertising business in Los Angeles, where Miggs and Tom lived until they relocated to Laguna Beach in 1954. In 1965 Tom sold his advertising business and they moved from Laguna Beach to Omaha, Nebraska, where Tom served for many years as a senior officer of Central States Health and Life Company. Tom and Miggs retired to Palm Desert in 1986, and Tom predeceased Miggs in 1990, after 46 years of joyful marriage.

Miggs was an avid golfer, bridge player and reader, a devoted wife and loving mother. She greatly enjoyed travel, spending winters in Florida and Hawaii, and many shipboard cruises later in life.

She is survived by her three children: Kim Novak (Jimmy), Tom Kizer (Mary), and Colleen O’Malley (Terry), seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

VISITATION begins Tuesday, July 11th at 9:30am at Christ the King Catholic Church, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am at the church.  Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Heart Association.



1 Condolence

  • Dan Wintz Posted July 9, 2017 9:18 am

    Colleen and Terry, I was saddened to read if Miggs death this morning. I hope you will accept our deepest empathy with your loss of a wonderful woman. Dan

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