Willette Harman Lanning, 95, of Springfield, Missouri passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 3:15 AM in Mercy Villa. She was born March 10, 1915 in Du Bois, Penn. to Edward Henry and Mary Ethel Corp Harman, the last of eight children.
She graduated from McKinley Tech High School in Washington, D.C. and Draughons Business College. In school, Willette played in the band and was a member of Job's Daughters Drill Team for six years. She was an avid grower of flowers.
She was a member of Park Crest Assembly of God Church in Springfield and was a former member of Faith Assembly of God Church in Lothian, Maryland. Willette was a very active church woman and loved to entertain her ministers and their families and returning and visiting missionaries.
Willette was preceded in death by her parents, a grandchild; and her husband, Ralph Bertrand Lanning, who died June 13, 1998. They were married August 7, 1936 in Falling Waters, West Virginia. She and Ralph had moved to Springfield in 1982 after living in the Washington, D.C./ Baltimore suburban area for 46 years.
She is survived by two sons: Reverend Robert Harry Lanning and wife, Lucille, of Grandbury, Texas, and James Wilford Lanning and wife, Jean Elizabeth, of Branson, MO; two daughters: Barbara Jeanne Tatum of Strasburg, Virginia, and Beatrice Anne McGraw, of Springfield; nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2010 at Faith Assembly of God, 250 West Bayfront Road, Lothian, Maryland. Burial will follow in Ft. Lincoln Cemetery in Bladensburg, Maryland. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the church.
Memorials may be made to the Music Scholarship Fund for Cello at Evangel University, 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802. Online condolences may be left at gormanscharpf.com.