MOUNT VERNON — Helen I. Lanning, 90, of Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. She was born on May 29, 1927, in Mount Vernon, the daughter of William and Mary (Totman) Ackerman. Helen owned and operated Lanning’s Meats with her late husband, Bernard Lanning, for over 20 years before retiring in 1989.
Helen had an eye and passion for her collection of fine antiques. This hobby turned to a business when Helen opened her own antique stores in Mount Vernon, Red Shed Antiques and Depot Antiques.

She was the definition of an immaculate housekeeper, as she took great pride in the appearance of her residence. Whether it was cleaning inside or keeping her lawn in perfect shape, Helen strived to keep everything in order. She was a devoted wife to her husband Bernard, a devoted mother to her boys, Randy and Rick, caring grandmother and friend too many.

She is survived by her sons, Randy (Kathy) Lanning of Mount Vernon, Rick (Joleen) Lanning of Mount Vernon; five grandchildren, Shane Lanning, Stacey (Terry) Willis, Brian (Christie) Lanning, Mike (Christie) Lewis, Steve (Elizabeth) Lewis; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Ross of Howard.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Lanning; a daughter, Janie Lanning; two sisters, Dorothy Calkins and Bea Ekelberry; three brothers, Charles Ackerman, Kenneth “Buzz” Ackerman and Walter “Squint” Ackerman.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Saint Johns Cemetery in Mount Vernon. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Helen I. Lanning.

Memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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