Lucille Lanningham

Mildred “Lucille” Lanningham

January 19, 1931 – March 7, 2019   (88 years old)

Heaven received a new angel on Thursday, March 7th at 6:36 p.m.   Mildred “Lucille” Lanningham (nee Pinyon), mother of Karen (Lanningham) Jenkins passed away after a brief Hospice stay.  Her friends and family called her “Lucille” but, to her grandchildren and all of their friends, she was “Grandma Lucille”.  She was born in Blue Diamond, KY a coal mining camp town on January 19, 1931. Her parents Amanda and Bill Pinyon, a sister- Gertrude Napier, brothers Eugene Pinyon and Bill Pinyon, Jr. all preceded her in death. 

Lucille met a young man and fell in love with Loyad “Jack” Lanningham while visiting her sister in Virginia. They married on June 17, 1950 and moved to Covington, KY so Jack could find a better job opportunity.  He worked for B & O Railroad and Chessie Systems until his retirement.  Jack passed away on June 8, 1998 at the age of 68.  Lucille and Jack had two children, Larry Joe, born in 1952 and Karen Lee, born in 1956.  Larry passed away in 2012 after a short battle with cancer. She has 4 grandchildren, Audrey Paul (Roger); Allison Jenkins; Ashley Jenkins; and Andrew Jenkins (Ashley); also a daughter-in law, Sisie Lanningham.

After a broken hip and other health issues, Lucille moved in with Karen and her husband, Lee Jenkins, in Edgewood and lived with them for the last 9 years.

Lucille was a friend to all animals; she took in stray cats, paid for them to be spayed and gave them a home.  She fed birds, squirrels, and even had a large raccoon family who visited every evening and loved peanut butter cookies, grapes and bananas. 

Lucille loved life and enjoyed spending time with family and extended family; she was always funny and loved making others laugh.  Her health had been declining in the last year but she still did all she could to stay for her family but her little body was tired and she couldn’t do all the things she enjoyed so much.  She will be so missed by everyone who knew her.  She always believed that when she started her journey to Heaven, Jack would be there to welcome her with loving arms.  Good bye and rest in peace, Mom.    

Visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Don Catchen and Son Funeral Home – 3525 Dixie Hwy, Elsmere, KY 41018.  Pastor Dave Mills will lead a memorial service at
7 p.m.  Burial will be Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, 5336 Old Taylor Mill Rd. Taylor Mill, KY.  41015

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Dr. Covington, KY 41017 or to St. Elizabeth Hospice – 483 S. Loop Rd. Edgewood, KY  41017