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Lula M. Tanner


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Lula M. Tanner

Lula M. Tanner, 90, of  Rock Springs, passed away on Thursday at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. 

A resident of Rock Springs since 1945 and former resident of Green River, Rawlins, Nebraska and Oklahoma,;Tanner passed away following a lengthy illness.

She was born on Feb. 24, 1924 in Picher, Okla., the daughter of the late Charles Edward Bigley and Nora Louise Leftridge.

Tanner attended schools in Auburn, Neb.

She married Leslie Gene Tanner in Omaha, Neb. on June 9, 1943 and he preceded her in death.

Tanner owned and operated several businesses in Green River and Rock Springs and was also a homemaker.

She was a past chairman for several years in the 1960s for the Green River March of Dimes in Green River.

Her interests included spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, embroidery work, gardening and the outdoors.

She always looked forward to parties and get-togethers with her family and friends.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia J. Kappes  and companion Chuck Banas of Rock Springs; seven grandchildren, Dr. Bonnie Randolph and husband Robert of Torrington, Burleigh Binning III and wife Jodie and Billie Eckhardt and husband Jay, all of Laramie, Henry C. Kappes Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Germany, Charlotte Piaia and husband John and Adam Kappes and companion Diana Walter, all of Rock Springs, and Rebecca Reinhart and husband Marshall of Humboldt, Ill .; 11 great-grandchildren Robert P. Randolph, Anya Randolph, Joseph Randolph, Timothy Randolph, Zoe Emerson, Paige Emerson, Carter Eckhart , Beau Eckhart, Ashlyn Piaia, Britney Kappes, Elizabeth Kappes, Samatha Binning and Tinsley Binning; several nieces and nephews including Don and Nancy Bigley, Kenny Bigley, Larry Dean Harris, Debra Dean, Karlene Brueggemann, Janet Sobotka, and Jeanie Hansford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie G. Tanner; three brothers, Melvin Bigley, Charles Bigley and James Bigley; four sisters, Veronia Bardwell, Marie Hubbard, Barbara Harris and Joan Schutz; two daughters, Anna Mae Kappes and Linda Lou Binning and two granddaughters, Anna Marie Kappes and Janet Louise Kappes.

Private family services will take place.

The family of Lula M. Tanner respectfully suggests that donations in her memory be made to Deseret Health and Rehab, 1325 Sage Street, Rock Springs, Wy.  82901.

The funds will be used for a blanket warmer.

Pallbearers: Adam Kappes, Chuck Banas, Burleigh Binning III, John Piaia, Robert Randolph and Jay Eckhart.

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