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Delores Lanham

October 4, 1929 - March 3, 2021

Service Date: March 8, 2021

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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Delores Lanham, 91, of Ankeny, IA, passed away at Mill Pond Care Facility on March 3, 2021. Delores was born on October 4, 1929 to Ernest and Carolyn Johnson in Hawarden, IA. She graduated from Alcester (SD) High School in 1947. She was married to her husband, Gerald (Gerry), on May 29, 1951 in Beresford, SD.

Delores taught grades 1-8 in a one room schoolhouse for two years and also worked in a general store for a time.

After Gerry and Delores moved to Ankeny in 1960, she became a homemaker and loving mother to her three children.  She was always one to ensure that everyone’s family birthdays and anniversaries were remembered.  In her later years, Delores enjoyed listening to the Chicago Cubs baseball games and was fortunate enough to follow them as they won the World Series after a famous team drought.

Delores is survived by her daughter, Shelli (Rod) Morris; sons, Shaun (Rosalind) and PJ; three grandchildren, Matt (Mindy) Morris of Grimes, IA,  Amanda (AJ) Accola of Marshalltown, IA and Lindsay Morris of Ankeny, IA; five great-grandchildren, Caleb Morris, Addison Morris, Brynlee Morris, Gavin Accola, and Perry Accola. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerry, her brother Tom Johnson and by her daughter, Melanie.

The family would very much like to thank the entire staff at the Mill Pond Care Facility and Unity Point Hospice for their attentiveness to both Delores and Gerry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a donation in Delores’ honor. There will be a private service at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 8th at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). The service will be livestreamed at: https://vimeo.com/519552485

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