Dorothy (Davis) Lanum

May 05, 1934 ‒ October 10, 2021

Galion, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Dorothy (Davis) Lanum, age 87, of Galion and formerly of Mount Gilead, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021, at Signature Healthcare of Galion.

On May 5, 1934, Dorothy was born in Morrow County, Ohio, a daughter of the late David A. and Whinney (Cowdrey) Davis.  She attended Tuscarawas-Warwick High School.

Dorothy married the love of her life, John L. Lanum, Sr., on September 8, 1951.  They shared 42 wonderful years together as husband and wife before he preceded her in death in 1994.

A woman of faith, Dorothy was a member of the Galion Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Dorothy was a homemaker, first and foremost.  She and John would go to auctions and garage sales to purchase items.  They would then set up at flea markets to resell their goods.  Dorothy’s specialty was buying and selling antique jewelry.

Dorothy loved to be outside working in her garden, looking for arrowheads and mushroom hunting.  She always had pets and her dogs were a big part of her life.

Dorothy will be dearly missed by her four children: John (Patti) Lanum Jr. of Marengo, Teresa (Jim) Bloomfield of Chesterville, Linda Miller of Galion, Cindy (Oliver) Craner of Galion; seven grandchildren: Terri (Douglas) Bowling, James Bloomfield, Matthew (Mary) Miller, Kristin (Daniel) Morsie, Olivia Craner, Gail Craner, Ross Craner; and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by two sisters: Mildred Curtis and Betty Robson; and a grandson, Craig Lanum.

A private family graveside service will take place at Bryn Zion Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at the Galion Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be made to Kindred Hospice of Ohio.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Dorothy’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Dear Family,

    May you find peace and love in your hearts knowing she is resting in the arms of our savior. May God bless you.

  • Dorothy was our beloved neighbor and friend for more than 25 years. She was like a second grandmother to our boys as they were growing up. Every day she looked out for us, being entertained (and sometimes annoyed, I’m sure) by our boys, making us lemon meringue pies and fruit and nut baskets over the holidays, watching our house and feeding our cats when we were gone. She was always there for us; like our guardian angel. We will miss her terribly.

  • So sorry for your loss I remember your mom and dad well my mom and dad hung out with them cherish your memories they will get you through prayers for all of you.
    Judy Harvey Parker

  • She was a wonderful woman loved talking to here. She was so kind I will miss her. But like you said she was a women of faith.and the first person she see Jesus. God bless you all.

  • Sorry for your loss. My prayers be with you during your time of sorrow. My husband, John, and I had a lot of wonderful times with John and Dorothy. Good friends and good memories of our times together. Only had John’s homemade wine once. I will always remember that night of playing cards and sharing that wine. I am glad they are together again in heaven. Rest in peace Dorothy.

  • Dear Friends. We were sorry to hear about Mom. I still miss seeing her out walking her dog when I go by. She called me last summer about raspberries. I called her back several times but she didn’t answer and I don’t have any of your numbers. We will be thinking of you and send much love to each of you. Mike and Vickie McKinney

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