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Mable “Viola” Fanning - May 02, 2013


Mable Viola Fanning, a twin, was born Nov. 13, 1925, to Ernest and Mable Green in Stratton, Neb. Viola’s mother and twin brother died in childbirth, and Viola was raised by her Aunt Nora Fox.
Viola grew up in Wauneta and attended Wauneta High School.
On March 4, 1944, she married Russell O. Fanning, and to this union three children: Lynn, Judy, and Larry, were born. They lived in Wauneta several years before moving northeast of town to start life on the farm.
Viola’s passion was home and family, keeping an impeccable home, and being an always there mom. She also enjoyed singing.
Viola and Russell retired from the farm in 1980, and made Wauneta their home once again.
Viola passed away early Thursday morning, May 2, 2013, at the Sunrise Heights Nursing Home in Wauneta. She was 87 years of age.
Survivors include: son: Lynn Fanning and wife, Charlene, of Centennial, Colo., daughter: Judy and husband, Robert Zohner, of North Platte, Neb., four grandchildren: Garrett Zohner and wife, Jennifer, of York, S. C., Dacia and husband, Mark Ritterbush, of Grand Junction, Colo., Kimberly and husband, Robert Nock, of Eagle, Colo., Kristal and husband, Bradley Mangham, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 10 great grandchildren.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell in 2007; son, Larry; one sister and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 6, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. MT at the Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta with Lay Pastor Melody Newman officiating.
Organist was Mrs. Diana Ham and soloist was Dawn Doetker with recorded selections of “Old Rugged Cross,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.”
Casketbearers were Garret Zohner, Kimberly Nock, Robert Nock, Kristal Mangham, Bradley Mangham, Dacia Ritterbush and Mark Ritterbush. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta.
Visitation was held Monday before services.
A memorial has been established in Viola’s memory.
On line condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.