Lani Kay Shearn
1958 - 2020
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Lani Kay Shearn

Salinas - Lani Kay Shearn passed away at the age of 62 in the early morning hours of December 17, 2020 at her home in Salinas, California. As she stoically battled brain cancer, she was lovingly cared for by family. The reunion that day with her parents J. Mansel and Flo Willett must have been glorious.

Lani was raised in Fresno alongside her family who were founding members of the College Church of Christ. Growing up she played the piano and flute and had many childhood girlfriends who remained close throughout their adult lives. While a student at Bullard High School, she worked at a local fabric store where her creativity flourished and she became a masterful seamstress. After graduating from Fresno State, Lani was hired by Guarantee Savings & Loan where her future husband Steve walked in and spotted "the cute Hawaiian girl." He plotted to meet her and so began their courtship and 37-year marriage.

Steve and Lani relocated to Salinas where the treasure of their lives, Jerrica Emily was born in 1988. Nothing was more important to Lani than her daughter. Being a mother brought her the most happiness and fulfillment as she proudly sewed dresses with coordinating hair bows, volunteered at school and attended many swim meets and Girl Scout activities. As a family, they did a lot of traveling and one of her favorite things, eating out. While raising their daughter, Lani worked part time as a bookkeeper in the office of Dr. Rogers and her colleagues there became some of her closest friends. Over the years, the family had several pets (Cody, Casper, Vanilla, and Coco) and Lani had a special way of "singing" each of their names. Lani was the life of the party with her fun personality and beautiful smile. She was also quick to raise an eyebrow and she got a kick out of planning and pulling off surprises. She was a strong and tender wife, mother, daughter, sister, auntie and friend.

Lani is survived by her husband, Steve; daughter Jerrica Knight (Michael); brother Jimmy Willett (Michele); and sister Joy Rhoades (David). She had so much love for her nieces, nephews, and grandniece. Thankfully, the memories and pictures are many and we will always carry her love in our hearts.

The family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

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Published in The Salinas Californian from Dec. 23 to Dec. 26, 2020.
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December 29, 2020
Lani always had a smile in her voice. So sorry to learn about her passing. She and Tom became such good friends. Sending condolences.
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December 26, 2020
The world is a little less bright without Lani in it. She was beautiful, funny and so talented. Wishing Jerrica and Steve peace knowing that Lani is with God and her parents.
December 25, 2020
My condolences to you and your family.
Noel Carr
Carmel, CA
Noel Carr
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