UnaMae Lanham

May 1, 1931December 26, 2012

UnaMae Lanham, 81, of Ventura, California formerly of Johnstown and Greeley, died December 26, 2012. She was born at home to Percy and Mabel (Love) York in Cozad, Nebraska. She attended country school until high school where she graduated from Cozad High School. She married LeRoy Lanham of Cozad on February 14, 1950 in Cozad. They later divorced. They moved to the Johnstown area in 1954 where they raised 3 daughters.

UnaMae worked for the Johnstown Breeze for a number of years. She was a 4-H knitting leader for over 10 years. She was a 49 year breast cancer survivor.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Johnstown and was known as the “Pie Lady” for many church functions.

UnaMae is survived by her daughters Ellen (Ken) of Greeley, Linda (Michael) of Ventura, California and Lisa (Dennis) of Colorado Springs; 7 grandchildren Bryan (Michelle) of Loveland, Kevin (Crystal) of Greeley, Kris, Ben and Emily of Colorado Springs, and Daniel and Eric of Ventura; 5 great grandchildren Bill, Abby, Wyatt, Katie of Greeley and Loveland and Samantha of Colorado Springs; one brother Carl of Cozad and friend LeRoy Lanham of Greeley. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister Lucy.

Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 7, 2013 at United Methodist Church of Johnstown, 108 King Avenue. A Celebration of Life will also be held in Cozad, Nebraska at a later date.


  • Memorial Service Monday, January 7, 2013

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Pam Culver

June 16, 2013

I knew this incredibly sweet lady through Walmart. She used to come to the service desk to give me a hug every time she came shopping. No matter how awful my day had been, seeing her always made it better. She was like my little, personal ray of sunshine. The world is definitely a darker place without her.

February 9, 2013

Please call me leslie 440-1670. I was told from the people at sunny vista. So sorry to hear this.


January 14, 2013

Dear UnaMae,

I am sorry it has taken me so long to write this, but I honestly thought I'd already told you everything I wanted you to know, but it seems I missed a few things. I cried when Linda let me know you had passed. It was devastating, even though I know it was the escape you craved and deserved. I know I told you that wanted it for you, as well, but I was secretly thankful every time I went to visit you and you were still there. Some days I still find myself headed over to your new place, excited to complain to you about my day. When I get news or gossip, you are still on my list of people I want to tell, as well. I enjoyed reading your obituary and know that it was written with love, as you would have appreciated. It helped me take one more step towards accepting my loss and Heaven's gain. I want to add to it though. I guess I just want to place my favorite pieces of you on paper, so that maybe they will last forever. First off, I miss your stubborn streak, the one as big as a Nebraska cornfield, even though I always hated arguing with it. I also miss arranging your beloved turtle collection, to your exact specifications. I wish I could see your contagious smile once more, and pretend to despise the hug you diligently gave me every afternoon, even when it hurt you to. Surprisingly, I am sad that I will never get chaperoned by you in the van again. I promise I'd let you pick the thrift store if we could just drop in, one last time. I miss being able to casually call you up, just to see what was up. I am proud to call you my adopted-grandmother, and I am even more thrilled that you accepted me as your own. I guess I just miss everything about you and wish we had on more day, because surely I wouldn't want to cry right now if I knew that was possible. I am so grateful that God gave you “extra” time, because in your absence I am realizing just how much I needed you, far more than you could ever claim you needed me. I especially miss your tenacity to survive, and am sorry it wasn't enough this time. I want to end by saying you are truly missed, you were the best first boss ever, I expect you to be my guardian angel and I love you.

God Bless You,


Craig Delanater

January 11, 2013

I knew UnaMae because my daughter and girlfriend Took care of her ,she became my friend as well,she was someone who was always happy and always had positive things to say to me,even though she was sick she was a cancer surviver for 40 years the strongest woman I know. I was very honored to call her my friend and to have her in my life R.I.P. UnaMae your friend Craig Delanater. You will be missed

Craig Delanater

January 11, 2013

I knew UnaMae from my daughter Taylor and girlfriend Miki they both took care of her and I became very fond of her she was always happy and lived life to the fullest , I was very lucky to get to know her she was always someone who had kind words to say to me and was a surviver and never gave up dispite all the things she's went through. She will be missed greatly, you are love and missed and I'm honored to be her friend R.I.P.Uname... Craig Delanater

Miki Moore

January 11, 2013

I had the pleasure of knowing Unamae for a couple of years, my daughter Taylor took care of her, and they became best of friends, it was of great comfort to me to know my daughter had such a loving friend, Unamae was someone whom she could talk to about anything. I'm really glad I got to spend time with Unamae, I'm just happy that's she's not in pain anymore, and she's in a much better place, singing her favorite song Oh Holy Night, and eating her hot fudge sundae!!! Unique Unamae we love you and you will be deeply missed.

Amanda Thompson

January 3, 2013

UnaMae's family & Leroy,
I loved working with UnaMae and visiting with her. She always liked to get her annual State Farm calender. She was a very sweet lady and will be missed. When I wear pink for breast cancer, I will think of her.
Amanda Thompson (Rick Wallace State Farm)