Mandy was born in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon on 19 April 1894. The daughter of Native Americans of Cherokee Indian Nation. She was the adopted daughter of Marchel A. Jones and Emma Ruth Spillman-Reed of Craighead County, Arkansas.
Her Cherkoee father was born in Oregon and her Cherkoee mother was born on an indian reservation in the state of Washington.
In 1896 when she was two years old her mother died while giving birth to her baby brother. The infant died at birth and in 1910 at the age of 16 her father became ill with Pneumonia and died. Since she was 16 at the time, she was considered an
Ophan and was placed for adoption.
Marchel A. Jones of Lundsford, Craighead County, Arkansas adopted her and sent two of his stepson to Portland, Oregon in 1910 to get her and returned to Lundsford, Arkansas with her.
Her Cherokee name in Cherokee phonetics is (i-nv-i-ga-ti u-la-ni-gi-da tlu-gv) which in english translates to (Tall Strong Tree). The english phonetics in Cherokee for Tall is ee-nuh-ee-gah-tee, for Strong is ooh-la-knee-gee-dah and for
Tree is tloo-guh.
It is believed that the middle names of her first two born children Elsie "Ruhemheim" and Ernest "Talmadge" may have a connection to her Indian heritage.
She married Samuel Elmer Manry in Lundsford, Arkansas. They had seven children. Mandy died 18 November 1970 and is buried in the family plot at the Nettleton Cemetery in Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas.