Linda Lane Umble
June 6, 1946 – November 18, 2020
Linda Lane Umble (Winnie), age 74, went home to Jesus on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
She was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on June 6, 1946, a daughter of the late Merrill (Bud) Lanker Sr. and Gertrude Lanker.
Linda is held in loving memory by her son, Lance Umble and his wife Aimee, daughter, Dana Graham and her husband John, sister Nancy Bryan, grandchildren Carter, Colton, Brynlee, Channing, Carson, Keira, Rick, Sienna and her husband Justin, Phoebe and Emilio, great grandchildren, Nash, Olive, Ruby, Millie and Izzy and a host of nieces, nephews and other beloved friends and relatives.
She is preceded in death by her parents as well as her sister Marilyn Meitz and her brothers Brian Lanker and Merrill Lanker Jr.
Winnie, as she was adoringly referred to by her grandchildren moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1957 at the age of 11. She attended Sunnyslope High School and graduated from the University of Arizona where she received her degree in Nursing. Winnie loved being a nurse and serving her community. She started her 40 year nursing career at Barrow Neurological Institute and went on to work as a trauma and survival flight nurse, was a CCRN and the head of nursing at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.
Winnie married Dennis Umble in 1969 who had moved to Arizona from Atglen, PA and from there the family tree began to blossom. Winnie was a strong, loyal, devoted, kind, selfless and (sometimes) stubborn woman. Winnie loved her children and grandchildren with all of her heart and lived for those moments when she could see her grandchildren on the playing fields, school plays and theatres. She will be forever known as the greatest gift-giver the world has ever seen as she scoured every inch of the globe for that perfect gift for her loved ones. She was a devoted Christian and loved the Lord passionately and began each daily devotional with "God woke me up today". God has now taken you home to be with Him mom. We love you so much and can't wait to see you again someday.
A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 10:00AM at Christ's Church of the Valley located at 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd. Peoria, AZ 85383.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Make A Wish Foundation of Arizona.
Christ's Church of the Valley
Linda Lane Umble
November 21, 2020
We laugh all the time when we smell crabs cooking. We all went to Magic Mountain together and when we went out for dinner, Linda got nauseous. She had ordered crab legs and took them back to the hotel in a doggy bag. The next day we spent at the amusement park and then returned to the hotel. When the elevator doors opened on our floor we all gasped at a horrible smell. The closer we got to our rooms, the worse it became. None of us could figure out what the heck it could be. When Linda opened her room door, it about knocked us over. She had forgotten to throw out the crab legs! We laughed till we were rolling over. You guys came over and we spent the rest of the evening in our room laughing. She was always so full of life. Once she was taking tap dance lessons. She was going to be in a recital and when she picked up her costume she came by to try it on for me. Randy was all ready in bed. So she put on her music, her fish net stockings, tuxedo jacket with tail and top hat and tap danced on the bed to awaken Randy. When he opened his eyes and sat up, he looked like he was in the twilight zone. We laughed so hard we were rolling off the bed! Linda was the most beautiful, smart, loving person ever. Since moving to Maryland I have missed her so much, but she will live on in my heart always. Lance and Dana, she lived for you two. She worshiped the ground you walked on and was so proud of you both. May God bless you and give you strength during this very sad time.