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Patricia L. Lanier

Died: Tue., Feb. 11, 2014


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MISSOULA – Patricia Lynnette Norton Lanier, 60, of Missoula, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 1, 1953, in Missoula, the daughter of Helen Schwab and Homer Norton. Pat graduated from Sentinel High School in 1972. She married Kenneth Lanier in 1978, bought their home in 1979 and settled down to start a family. She was an avid collector and fan of rabbits and frogs, and traveled a lot with her husband in her younger days to rabbit shows. She was a passionate breeder and won numerous competitions. Pat was best known as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed 36 wonderful years of marriage to Ken; had two children, Jennifer and Stephen, and numerous grandchildren; and was surrounded with a huge family. She is survived by her husband, Ken Lanier; daughter, Jennifer Lanier and her sons Malachi and Gideon; son, Stephen Lanier and his wife Courtney and their son Taylor and daughter Danae; daughter, Jackie McGraw and her husband Andrew and their kids Morgan, Eli and Orion; brothers, Bob and Lewis Norton; sister, Kathy Harmeyer; niece, Christine Aubert and her husband Craig and their daughter Athena Nay and son Leon; niece, Maria Matter and her daughters Navaeh, Halina and Tati. She also had an extended special family, Mikal and Terry Burgess and their children, Kenny, Raven, Darlene, Geneva and Isabel; Bruce and Debbie Johns; Mark Nay; Bennie Williams and daughter Tati; Ben Bartell; and many, many more. Pat was a beautiful and optimistic woman who enjoyed her family. She has a special relationship with her grandson Gideon. She was known to always have a snack on hand for the kids. She was always available to listen to our problems and give advice. She will be missed and will always be in our hearts. We love you Mom. A family gathering will be on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Missoula, with memorial services planned at a later date. For information regarding donations or services, please contact the family at (406) 317-2764

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Diane Nelson
   Posted Thu February 27, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have lots of fond memories of showing rabbits with Pat and she was always willing to share her knowledge and always willing to lend a hand at shows...such a great person....

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