Willette Harman Lanning
Willette Harman Lanning, 95, of Springfield, Mo., died July 10 at St. John's
Mercy Villa.
She was born March 10, 1915, in Du Bois, Pa., 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
Draughn's Business College. In school, Willette played in the band and was a
member of Job's Daughters Drill Team for six years.

She married Ralph Bertrand Lanning on August 7, 1936 in Falling Waters,
W. Va. She and Ralph moved to Springfield, Mo. in 1982 after living in the
Baltimore area for 46 years. Ralph preceded her in death on June 13, 1998.

She was a member of Park Crest Assembly of God Church in Springfield,
Mo., and was a former member of Faith Assembly of God Church in
Lothian. Willette was a very active church woman and loved to entertain her
ministers and their families and returning and visiting missionaries. In her
spare time, she was an avid grower of flowers.

Willette was also preceded in death by her parents; and one grandchild.
She is survived by two sons, Rev. 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, Va. and
Beatrice Anne McGraw of Springfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren and 23

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 at Faith
Assembly of God, 250 West Bayfront Road, Lothian. Funeral services will
also be held at the church at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 16. Burial will follow
in Ft. Lincoln Cemetery in Bladensburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Scholarship Fund for
Cello at Evangel University, 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802. For
online condolences, please visit

Published in The Capital on July 14, 2010