MOUNT VERNON — B. Leone Lanker, 95, of North Main Street, Mount Vernon, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at her home.
She was born Sept. 12, 1914, in Ashland County to Eugene and Edna (Aber) Maurer. She lived in Richland County and graduated from Adario High School in 1932. She became a Christian in her early teens. She graduated from Cleveland Bible College, now Malone College, in 1937. Leone spent one year in mission work in Saginaw, Mich., and the next 10 years as a missionary in the Kentucky mountains. Four of those years at Bethany Orphanage, now Bethany Christian School. She spent eight summers as a counselor and social leader for children’s camp at Beulah Beach, Ohio, for the C&MA Church. Leone’s interest in children was evident by the many vocation Bible schools she directed in various states and different denominations. She was an evangelist for The Salvation Army for two years, until her marriage to Bert Lanker on June 20, 1953.
They resided in Fremont for three years and moved to Pittsburgh, where her husband was employed at the Atomic Power Division of Westinghouse. She became active, along with her husband in North Side C&MA Church for 10 1/2 years. They moved back to Ohio in 1966 to Morrow County to a country house near Mount Gilead. While her husband was employed at Therm-O-Disc in Mansfield, Leone was a busy housewife and very active in the Independent Church at North Woodbury. For 23 years, she was a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, VBS director, pianist and missionary president until retirement. They moved to Mount Vernon in 1997. She became a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
Leone is survived by her son, Robert (Marilyn) Lanker of Mansfield; two daughters, Carol (Larry) Holtrey of Fredericktown and Linda (Phillip) Boyette of Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Dorothy (Wilbur) Crumrine of Ashland, Lorna (Ray) Snyder of Florida and Thelma (Warren) Thompson of Lima.
Besides her parents, Leone was preceded in death by her husband, Albertus “Bert” Lanker; two brothers, Clair and Gail Maurer; and a sister, Naomi Maurer.
Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, where a service will be held Friday beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery. The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of B. Leone Lanker.
Memorial contributions can be made to Oriental Missionary Society and World Gospel Missions and left with the family or funeral home. To leave the family a condolence online, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.