Lanning, Jennifer

Jennifer Mae and Isabella Lanning

March 14, 1977 - December 25, 2016

Jennifer Mae Lanning, age 39, of McKinney, Texas, passed away on December 25, 2016.  She was born March 14, 1977, in Carlsbad, New Mexico to Steven and Janeen (Kalina) Whitney.  On October 25, 2008, Jennifer married Craig W. Lanning in Dallas, Texas.  She attended Lake Highlands High School, where she was a student conductor in the band and was a very active member of the theatre and drama club.  Jennifer was a 1999 graduate of Texas A&M, where she played the clarinet in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, and was a member of Alpha Phi Omega Sorority.  Jennifer was a member of Mensa, the Junior League of Dallas and Girl Scout Troup #7978, with her daughter Elizabeth.

She is survived by her husband, Craig William Lanning of McKinney, Texas; daughter, Elizabeth Mae Lanning; parents, Janeen Karm and husband Rich of Bonham, Texas, Steve Whitney and wife Kathryn of Dallas, Texas; sister, Renee Alonso and husband Joaquin of Plano, Texas; brother, Craig Whitney of Fort Worth, Texas; step-siblings, Sheena Black and husband Sean Wahrmund of New York City, New York, Lance Karm and wife Amy of Cedar Park, Texas, Cynthia Karm of Dallas, Texas; brother-in-law, Andy Lanning of Wilmington, Delaware; nieces and nephews, Bradley Wahrmund, Alyssa Karm and Mason Karm.

Jennifer is preceded in death by her daughter, Isabella Lanning.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.  Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends during a visitation being held from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday evening at the funeral home.

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Rich & Janeen: So deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless. Jan Jenkins, January 9, 2017 Jennifer was such a sweet soul and all the times we shared with our group of friends was always a blast. She hosted some great NYE parties and made sure everyone had a wonderful time. My friends and I all have a great photo taken at her house to ring in the year 2000. Her wit, sapience and friendship will truly be missed by all who knew her. Sloan Losee, January 4, 2017 Craig: Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you and your daughter are very close in every thought and prayer! My deepest sympathies to you and all of your family. Rachel Crist Rachel Crist, January 3, 2017 Rich & Janeen: With heartfelt sympathy I wish you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of your pain. So very sorry to hear of your loss. God be with you at this difficult time. Jan Jenkins, January 2, 2017 Dearest Craig & Elizabeth, there are no words that I could ever express to share & help ease the heartbreak U and that sweet angel feel at this time of pain and loss..... So instead, I extend my hand of friendship and Love and offer my acts of service in ur lives. You both are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, I hope that you did not hesitate to reach out. I promise that I will be by Elizabeth side at the school anytime I'm there and rest a sure I will give her all the love and hugs I can EVERYTIME I see her! I also vow to make sure I photograph ur sweet baby at school so that u never miss out on all of her wonderful memories at Mcgowen! ?? Ro and Cameron
Ro Love, January 1, 2017
Janeen and Rich You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had the words to take away your pain. I just pray that God put his loving arms around your family and helps you heal and remember the good times with Jennifer. Your Celebration Class Friend Gilda Gilda Spiller, January 1, 2017 I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Don Phillips, January 1, 2017 Rich and Janeen, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family during this time. Bruce Harvey, December 31, 2016 We are heartbroken for your losses. So very sorry, words aren't enough to express our sympathy. Raymond & Lynda Narug, December 30, 2016 dearest Janeen, our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We love you all! Karen Graves, December 30, 2016 Dear Janeen, I cannot even begin to imagine your pain and that of your dear family. We are heart-broken for you. Please be assured of our love and our prayers. Don and Carol Ann Roberts Carol Ann Roberts, December 29, 2016 May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences. Lemmie and Charles Johnson, December 29, 2016 Craig, Tracy and I sorry to hear about Jennifer and Isabella's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. I miss working with Jennifer she was a lot of fun to be around, will miss her. Jimmy Roberts James & Tracy Roberts, December 29, 2016 There are no words to adequately describe the loss you are facing. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am here for anything, large or small, that I can do to lighten your load. God bless you. With Love. Carolyn Guise Osborne, December 29, 2016 I am so sorry to hear about Jennifer and Isabella. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Amy Garcia, December 28, 2016 Steve and Kathy, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you at this time. Dian & Bill Dian & Bill Baxter (TJ 68 &67), December 28, 2016 So sorry more than words can express. I pray for you all - the Lord's comfort and peace during this most difficult of times. Teri Sheddy, December 28, 2016 This is an unbelievable tragedy. Janeen, there is no loss greater than the loss of a child because it is out of the natural order of things, plus your grand-daughter, Isabella. It reminds me of the car accident which killed my father, Glen, & left my mother, Lorna, a quadriplegic under my caregiving for 5 years, while our girls were in 2nd & 4th grades. Nothing can prepare one for catastrophic events such as these. "Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot Heal' I am hoping that you will join a grief group & give yourself permission to mourn for several years. I know we both have English degrees, so if you ever need to talk, or a shoulder to lean on, or someone to ask, "why, my child?"or someone to express anger to because "life is not fair!" --please call me at 206-824-2430. John 14: 1-3. "Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go & prepare a place for you, I will come again, & receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." Sending my deepest sympathy, love & compassion. Peace be with you. Gwendolyn Krueger (Kalina) Koch, December 28, 2016 Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lanning family. Jeff Toulouse, December 27, 2016 I am lost for words Craig. So sorry for your loss.
Ryan Everhart, December 27, 2016 Craig, I was devastated this morning to have learned about the passing of Jennifer and unborn daughter, Isabella, on Christmas Day. My prayers and Stephanie's are with you, Liz, and the rest of your family during this tragic time. We cannot imagine the grief you must feel. It's difficult to put into words how heart-broken we feel especially for you and your daughter. Know that your friends and co-workers will take care of the office while you take the time you need to be with family. If I can provide any assistance here in the office or as a friend, please don't hesitate to reach out. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Jim & Stephanie Jim & Stephanie Andrews, December 27, 2016