Asheville - Betty Reed Lanning, 77, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Universal Health Care Center after a long battle with cancer.
A native of Buncombe County, she was daughter of the late Emmette and Lucy Stroupe Reed and was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, Morris and Lloyd Reed.
Betty was a private duty nurse giving excellent care to her patients. She was a dear friend to many and will be greatly missed. She loved her pets, enjoyed cooking, canning and doing crafts.
She is survived by her husband, Homer Lanning, a son, Rick Lanning of Fletcher, a step-daughter, Sandy Church, two step-granddaughters and three step-greatgrandchildren all of California. Betty is also survived by a sister, Doris Rice and her husband, Larry of Asheville as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian and at other times will be at the home of her sister, Doris Rice 273 Mills Gap Road Asheville.
The family request that memorials be made to CarePartners P.O. Box 25338 Asheville, N.C. 28813 or to the Asheville Humane Society 72 Lees Creek Road Asheville, N.C. 28806.
A memorial register is available online at grocefuneralhome.com