1929 - 2009

LAKELAND - Patricia Boswell Lanier, 79, passed away in her Lakeland home Sunday, September 6, 2009 due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Patricia was born on December 1, 1929, in Lakeland. She was a graduate of Lakeland High School and attended Florida Christian College. Patricia received a Bachelor's Degree in Business & Accounting from Abilene Christian College in Abilene, TX. She married her college sweetheart Roy H. Lanier, Jr. in 1951.
Patricia is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Roy Lanier; one daughter, Lee, Mrs. Mark Hanstein, of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, Laura, Mrs. Bart Warren, of Ramer, TN, and Will Hanstein of Denver, CO; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters: Janelle, Mrs. Bob F. Owen, of Temple Terrace, FL; Sylvia, Mrs. Dr. Charles Branch, of San Antonio, TX; JoAnne, Mrs. Dr. Stafford North, of Oklahoma City, OK; and Beverly, Mrs. John A. Peddy, Concord, NC; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Lee Warren Boswell and grandparents John and Leota Eades, all long-time Lakeland residents, and Nettie and Daniel Boswell, former Lakeland mayor and County Commissioner.
Mrs. Lanier, along with her parents and grandparents, was an early member of the Lake Wire Church of Christ in Lakeland. She worked extensively with her husband in churches of Christ particularly in Iowa, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. Patricia was involved in building teacher training workshops, as director of grade school departments, and writing children's Bible school curriculum.
Patricia was caregiver to her parents, grandparents, and maiden aunts in their later years. She used her accounting skills assisting her father in numerous businesses, and was a major proofreader and assistant to her husband in his publishing endeavors.
Visitation will be held Fri. at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd., Lakeland. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family would like to thank Good Shepherd Hospice for the invaluable care given to the family for almost 3 years. – Ledger, Sept. 9, 2009

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