Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 21, 2013

Frances Lanning

TRAVERSE CITY — Frances Lola Lanning was born Sept. 25, 1927 and soared into heaven on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Frances was greeted at heaven’s gate by her husband of 60 years Lloyd, and granddaughter Holly, along with other family (especially the old crows) and friends.

Her children, Delilah Lanning, Lloyd and Donna Lanning of Traverse City, and Sandy and Paul Rickerd of Nunica, Mich.; her grandchildren, Christopher and Daphne Lanning, Katelyn Lanning, Mick and Amanda Rickerd, Mike and Rachel Rickerd, Robert and Amber Rickerd; and great grandchildren Holly, Sydney, Sam, Makenzie, Joe, Julia, Aubrie, Trevin, Zaylee, Ashlyn, and one on the way, will all miss her loving hugs.

She was a devoted, loving, and generous wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her passion was her family and friends she strived to make sure everyone of us was happy, healthy, and well fed. She enjoyed preparing meals and especially deserts for her loved ones.

She enjoyed telling and reliving her past jobs while living in Michigan City, Ind., her welding job during the time she spent living in Grand Rapids, Mich., along with her employment at Derby Lane Dog Track while wintering in Florida. She was also an avid deer hunter, and her fishing skills were remarkable. While she spent a vast amount of time accompanying the “old man” to bingo and casinos, she never let him wander to far from her sight.

For the past 30 years her greatest joy was being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren while watching them laugh, love, and grow. She loved all of them deeply and passionately.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.,Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home with Funeral Services to follow at 3 p.m.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family. The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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