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Saundra Lanning
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Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, May 2, at First United Methodist Church for Saundra Lowe Lanning of Artesia.

Lanning, 67, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Artesia General Hospital.

Rev. Monty Leavell will officiate at the services. Honorary pallbearers are all members of Chapter AQ and PEO Sisterhood, and special friends Mary Liles, Casey White and Max Ratliff, all of Artesia, Cheryl Digman-Poe of Albuquerque, and Suzy Reeves of Fort Sumner.

Sandi was born Aug. 20, 1948, in El Paso, Texas, to Kenneth Franklin Lowe and Virginia Lowers Lowe.

On Dec. 29, 1973, she married Ronald W. Lanning in Albuquerque, and the couple made their home in Artesia for most of their wedded life.

Sandi was active in First United Methodist Church and served as secretary of the Artesia Public Library Board of Directors and the Library Building Committee. She was instrumental in founding Friends of the Artesia Public Library and was a longtime member of Chapter AQ and PEO Sisterhood, and chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Grammy’s House.

She was a recipient of Devon Energy’s Hometown Hero Award in 2015 and the New Mexico Library Association’s Amigo Award in 2014. She loved beauty and was an accomplished watercolorist and floral designer.

Survivors include her husband, Ronnie, of the family home; daughter-in-law Jill Lanning and granddaughters Madison and Reghan of Chandler, Ariz.; and son Travis Lanning, wife Courtney, and grandchildren Jackson and Harper of Artesia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Roy Lanning.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1492, Artesia, N.M., 88211-1492; or Friends of the Artesia Public Library, P.O. Box 1344, Artesia, N.M., 88211-1344.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.

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