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     Lois Nadine "Shorty" VanLandingham, age 88 of Liberal, Missouri, passed away December 17, 2013 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma after a long illness.

     Shorty was born June 2, 1925 in Liberal to Roy and Versie (Smith) Essex.  She attended Liberal High School and later married Myrl VanLandingham on October 21, 1944.  She moved from Liberal to Kansas City Kansas, and in 1963, relocated to Campbell, California.  In 1982, she moved back to Liberal.  Shorty's favorite pastime was to quilt and crochet.  Her family meant everything to her.

     Survivors include her five children and their spouses; Terry and Dave Hill of Liberal, Rick and Sharon VanLandingham of Granite Bay, California, Ron and Debbie VanLandingham of Sand Springs, Jerry and Lynn VanLandingham of Peyton, Colorado, and Becky and Marty Owens of Woodinville, Washington; 16 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren; her sister Margaret Martin of Santa Rosa, California; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

     Shorty was preceded in death by her husband Myrl on October 13, 1996; her parents, Versie and Roy; siblings Lawrence Essex, Leona Frame, Walter "Bud" Essex, Bertie Lewman and Harley Essex; and a grandson, Brian Trammell.

     The family will receive friends at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar, Missouri, Saturday December 21st from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be at the Christian Church in Liberal on Sunday, December 22nd at 1:00 p.m.  Graveside services will be held at the Liberal Cemetery following the funeral service.

     Pallbearers will be Rick, Ron, and Jerry VanLandingham, Dave Hill, Marty Owens and John Pock.  Jim Pock and Ronnie VanLandingham will serve as honorary pallbearers.

     Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, and/or American Heart Association in the name of Lois VanLandingham, in care of Daniel Funeral Home, 1201 Broadway Street, Lamar, Missouri  64759.


#9 Santa Rosa,Ca.Margaret Martin 2013-12-21 10:55
My heart is broken to lose my sister. I know I'll see her again but I will so miss her until then. I love you, Shorty.
#8 Visalia, Ca.Patti & Dave Mike Nave 2013-12-21 10:51
Aunt Shorty was my favorite aunt. She was so close to my mother and I have so many great memories of her and uncle Myrl. I will never forget the home made ice cream and all of the Christmas candy she used to make with her sisters.We will miss you so much and wish we could've had a more time together. We love you.
#7 Sharon McKanna Ege 2013-12-20 19:52
I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I always felt a connection to dads side of the family, even after dad(Claude Mckanna) died. Your mom's mom and my grandmother were sisters.
#6 Mendota, Ill. 61342Sharon McKanna Ege 2013-12-20 19:43
I will always remember Shortie, she was dads favorite cousin. I remember all the times our whole family would come down and visit. I am so sorry for your loss. I am not sure if there are any of the kids left, all dads brothers and one sister died even before dad. Once again my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
#5 Pam Myers 2013-12-20 06:40
Thinking of you all at this time It is hard to loose a loved one and Terry I know it will be hard to go on without your mom but you have great memories and lots of love from Dave, kids and grandkids
#4 Liberal, MOLinda Shomin 2013-12-19 17:34
We loved you so much and are going to miss you! You were a wonderful Aunt and an example of how to be a "tough old broad!" We have many wonderful memories of you and Uncle Merle. You'll be sorely missed.
#3 Angela Johnson 2013-12-18 20:05
Lois always greeted a person with a smile no matter how bad she felt. She was kind and welcoming. She talked a lot about her grandkids and participated in any event they were part of, it she was able. I enjoyed having the opportunity to spend a little time with her visiting about the simple pleasures of life.
#2 Liberal,MoJerri Workman 2013-12-18 13:30
Aunt Shorty will be in my heart forever and you are greatly missed by my family.
#1 GeorgiaSharon Ward Moore 2013-12-17 18:49
Lois ("Shorty" to us) was so loved by our whole family, and was Dad's favorite cousin. She visited Mom often after Dad passed away, and took Mom with her on several trips. She was a great friend!

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