Mary Evelyn Osborne “Nan” Lankford, age 76 of Scottsburg, Indiana, joined her husband Randle in the eternal light of God on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Nan was born in Loogootee, Indiana and was a graduate of St. John Catholic High School. She started working at the age of 14 at the Arrow Café and was a car hop at night at Jerry’s Drive-In. She moved to Indianapolis in 1961 and worked from 1961-1965 for the Democratic Party at the Indianapolis State Capital Building. Nan married the love of her life, Randle Lankford on October 9, 1965, a partnership that lasted 48 years. He preceded her on May 1, 2014.
Nan moved back to Loogootee in October of 1967, back to working at the Arrow Café. She then took an office job with National Gypsum in 1968 until 1977. She was manager of the Loogootee Dairy Queen from 1977 until 1985. In 1985 she went to work with Dr. Steve Downey Chiropractic. Her last position was working as a cashier at the St. Vincent DePaul Store from 2005 until retirement in 2016. Nan loved to gamble, playing cards with her card club girls and spend time at the Casinos. Her favorite music artist was Elvis Presley. Nan was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. In addition to her late husband, Nan was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Mildred Alice McKinney Osborne; and her sister, Carolyn Osborne.
Nan is survived by her daughters, Deidre Paige Shafer (Kelly) and Randee Lankford (Philip Sewell); grandchildren, Cody Shafer (Adrian) and Tristan Shafer (fiancé, Kailey); brothers, Tony Osborne (Susie) and Stevie Osborne (Susan); sister, Peggy Downey (Roger); and a host of relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 10am-1pm, on Saturday, February 17, 2018 with a celebration of Nan’s life to follow at 1pm, all at Blake Funeral Home, 300 Church Street, Loogootee, Indiana 47553. Burial will be private. She will be laid to rest in St. John Cemetery, next to her husband.
Memorials may be made to Loogootee High School Athletic Department.
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