CREATED Dec. 16, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The community is remembering Southwest Florida's leading lady of the arts.
Barbara B. Mann died in her Fort Myers home Sunday morning at the age of 100.
It would be difficult for anyone to sum up 100 years of a life well lived but the legacy Mann has left will be felt by generations to come.
Pat wrote on the Fox Four Facebook page, "She was an amazing woman."
Those who knew her personally would agree.
"She was such an integral part of everything that we did that we really just want to make this next amount of time a celebration of everything that she did to bring the arts to Southwest Florida," said Scott Saxon, general manager of Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.
A lover of arts, Mann's name will be echoed in the halls of Edison State College's performing arts hall named after her. She said music was one of her secrets to living such a long life. Judging by previous interviews, her sense of humor didn't hurt either. When asked what she likes to drink, she joked, "Vodka!"
Mann helped found organizations like the Fort Myers Community Concert Association and volunteered for more than half a century, in addition to raising two sons.
Condolences are pouring out to the Mann family on social media. Mary wrote on Facebook, "She will be missed."
Joan added, "Rest in peace great lady."
Jacky shared her connection to the beloved arts advocate saying, "She was a nice lady. Use to give her newspapers to her house."
Deborah said good bye writing, "God rest your soul beautiful lady."
There will be a formal memorial service for Barbara B. Mann on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Second St. in Fort Myers.