April 15, 1917 - October 3, 2011
Ollie Dean Lanning went to be with the Lord on October 3, 2011, at the age of 94. Ollie Dean was loved and respected by many. Her caregivers, Juan and Alma Araiza, have been a blessing to her and the family for the last nine years.
Ollie Dean was born in Stockton, Mo., on April 15, 1917, to Harley and Nellie Beall. She moved to various locations while her husband, Forest R Bud Lanning, was in the Navy, but returned to her Missouri roots where the family farmed the home place where she was born on the Sac River. The family moved to Southern Oregon and settled in the Rogue Valley to be near her in-laws when the Stockton Dam was built because most of the property was going to be underwater. In Eagle Point, Ore., Ollie Dean and Bud owned and operated the Lanning's Mo-Oak dairy farm. She had been a resident of Oregon for the past 47 years, the last few years living in Canby, Ore.
On Mother's Day in 1958, the Prairie Valley Methodist Church presented a Bible to Ollie Dean for being selected Mother of the Year. She loved children and raised not only her own seven children but many others. Numerous nieces and nephews came for extended stays on the farm. Her love of children prompted her to lead the 4-H garden and flower clubs and assist leading the 4-H dairy club. She was an amazing FFA mother, encouraging her children to compete in dairy judging, tractor driving and other contests. Local county fairs, in both Stockton and Medford, have benefitted by her volunteer hours.
Ollie Dean loved to read and garden. When offered the opportunity, Ollie Dean ordered a lifetime subscription to Reader's Digest magazine. Ollie Dean gardened for both the beauty of the plants and the practical produce, and she read gardening books to increase her skill. She also read cookbooks to assist her with preparing meals for her family from the food she canned, froze and dried. She loved to read travel books and visited many different destinations. Ollie Dean loved to learn, and education was a high priority all of her life.
Ollie Dean was married for 51 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Forest R. Bud Lanning; sons, Brian and Frank Lanning; and granddaughter, Shasta Thomson. Ollie Dean is survived by her children and their spouses, Forest (Barbara) Lanning, of Canby, Ore., Betsy (Brian) Lanning, of Medford, Ore., George (Leslie) Lanning, of Salem, Ore., Alice (Larry) Wells, of Anderson, Ind., Mariah (Frank) Hegarty, of Denver, Colo., Neil (Alice) Lanning, of Centralia, Wash., Ruth (Tom) Thomson, of San Antonio, Texas; 17 grandchildren and their spouses; 18 great-grandchildren and spouses; and a great-great grandson; numerous nieces and nephews; her sister and husband, Mary Ellen (John) Nelson, of Los Gatos, Calif.
Ollie Dean Lanning will be laid to rest with her husband in a private family interment at the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in her honor to the Eagle Point Grange, PO Box 252, Eagle Point, OR 97524 or the Eagle Point VFW Auxiliary, PO Box 626, Eagle Point, OR 97524. Condolence cards can be sent to Forest D. Lanning, at 253 SE 9th Ave., Canby, OR 97013.