On August 24, 2021, Maria Lana Nelson passed away at the age of 77. Lana Nelson was born on September17, 1943 in Wichita to Alma Carlyle and Dorothy Eva (Witt) McClanahan.
She attended Mulvane schools and graduated in 1961. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS in May of 1998 at the age of 55. She worked as an office manager for Dr. Billy Irons for many years. She was also the office manager for Kanza Health clinic when they first opened and later was the Women’s Health Director until she retired in 2013. She was united in marriage to Robert Barnes in November 1960 and to this union two daughters were born. Lisa Renee’ and Patricia Leigh. She was later united in marriage to Bruce Nelson on March 23, 2001. Bruce preceded her in death on June 5th, 2010. Lana was a member of the First Christian Church in Ponca City. She was an active member, serving on many committees and having several roles over the years. Her passions over the years were square dancing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Lana was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce, her parents and one brother Lyle McClanahan.
She is survived by her two daughters, Lisa, and husband Jeff Kubik, of Newkirk, OK., Patsy and husband Rusty Johnson of Milton, KS. Five grandsons, Ross and wife Heather Kubik, Matt, and wife Greta Kubik, all of Newkirk, OK., Jake and wife Candice Johnson of Wichita KS., Reece and wife Becca Johnson, Trey, and wife Alyssa Johnson all of Norwich, KS Six great-grandchildren, Raylynn Kubik, Levi Kubik, Kade Kubik, Riley Johnson, Haleigh Johnson, and Rhett Johnson. One Brother, Ed McClanahan of Wichita, KS and one sister, Maxine and her husband Phil Ferguson of Parker, Colorado and nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services were held earlier with cremation arrangements in care of Grace Memorial Chapel of Ponca City. A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 1, 2021, at the First Christian Church with Pastor Stephen Johnson officiating.
Enloe of flowers the family has asked Memorial Contributions to be made in her memory to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview, Ponca City, OK 74601
Online condolences can be made at www.gracememorialchapel.net