Lanell Annette Kern was born March 10, 1924 in Abilene, Texas to David A. Shackelford and Hattie H. (Harvey) Shackelford. She died on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at her home in Chickasha.
She grew up and graduated high school in the Abilene, Texas area. She went to California and worked at an airplane factory as a welder during WWII. She also joined the Navy Waves in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1945. She married James Poke Kern on July 17, 1945 and he also was a Veteran from WWII and was in the Marines. They were married for around 55 years, until his death in July 2000.
Lanell was kindhearted, a precious, loving mother, and a devoted wife. She was a committed Christian, who prayed daily. She was Pentecostal Holiness and prior to becoming ill she attended The Lord Is There Church on 12th and Oregon in Chickahsa. She is known and loved by her family and friends as being a kind-hearted, loving, and caring person. Her favorite hobby was printing scriptures and giving them out to people. She also had a natural artistic ability.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James; both parents; brothers and sisters, Thelma, Howard, David ‘D.A.’, Wayne (who died as an infant), and Louis.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ruth Saunders of Chickasha; daughter and son-in-law, Geneva A. Kern Epperson and Bruce Epperson of Memphis Tennessee; granddaughter, Tiffanie Rich; two great-grandsons, Dalton Z. Allen and Dakota Marcum; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
She will be buried in Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle, Oklahoma, next to her husband, under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.