Lana M. Fate

March 12, 1925 ‒ August 09, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Lana M. Fate, age 94, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully, August 9, 2019, at Morrow Manor Nursing Center.

She was born on March 12, 1925, in St. Johns, OH, to the late Dennis E. and Beryl M. (Smith) Shipley. Lana graduated from Mount Gilead High School with the class of 1943.

Lana and Jack Fate dated while in high school and the two were united in marriage on October 24, 1944.

For many years Lana worked in the Treasurer’s office located at the Morrow County Courthouse.

A servant to the Lord, Lana enjoyed worshiping at the First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead. While attending there Lana faithfully served on the funeral and publications committees. She also was active in the Women’s Group.

With a gift to cook Lana was always in the kitchen. There was never a question as to who did the cooking as Lana would often leave her mark with a messy kitchen when she was done. Her love for cooking also spilled over to those in need. She enjoyed working and even leading the team for the Soup Kitchen through the Presbyterian Church in Michigan City, Indiana. While there, she also cooked up many meals for the homeless men in the area as well.

Lana often enjoyed the simpler joys of life. She loved to play bridge and euchre with her friends. She often could be found in the garden tending to her roses or cozied up in a chair reading a book. Having an artistic side, Lana would paint and knit. Many of her painted birdhouses and knitted dish rags where given to family and friends over the years. Her greatest pride and joy though was her family. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

Left to cherish her memory includes her children: Debra (Okie) Rice of Ostrander, OH and Diana (Michael) McLain of Mount Gilead, OH; grandchildren: Holly (Michael) Geissler and Amy McLain; great grandchildren: Celeste Harrison, Harlow McLain Redmond, and Lauren Parker; siblings: Maxine Brookhart, Martha Horvath, Carl (Jane) Shipley, and Joan (Carl) Gustafson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lana was preceded in death by her parents: Dennis and Beryl; her husband, Jack; a daughter, Marsha Owsley; a grandson, John Harrison; a brother, Don Shipley; and sisters: Emma Hodder, Helen Bradley, and infant Donna Bell Shipley.

Her family will greet friends from NOON to 2 PM on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) A celebration of her life will follow at 2 PM with Pastor Stephan Bloomfield officiating. Burial will follow at Rivercliff Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Lana’s memory to either Hospice of Morrow County and/or First Baptist Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Lana’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • To Lana’s family:
    I remember your Mom when she worked in the Morrow County Treasurer’s office when my Dad, Dwight McClarren, was Treasurer. She was always so very pleasant and thoughtful of others. My Dad always appreciated her work ethic and how well she worked with the public that came into the office.

    My sympathy to you and your family in the days ahead.

  • Deb, Diane and family, So sorry for your loss! She was a very sweet lady. I know the pain of losing your mother! It s hard, but you have the peace of knowing where she is now! That always keeps me going, when thinking of my mother. May God give you comfort as you grieve.

  • Linda, So sorry for your loss. Hope memories , pictures, and retelling of her life will sustain you in the coming days.

  • Deb and Diana, Deepest sympathies on your mothers passing. I have many good memories of her. Best, Tom and Sara (Calhoun) Ogg

  • Our love and hearts are with you Deb and Diana! She will be sorely missed. She lived a very full, long life and will get to cook up a storm in heaven with Emma by her side.

  • Forever cherishing the time I got to spend with Lana! She touched many hearts just like she did mine!

    • Precious Lady For Certain…Some you remember some you do not and Lana was 1 we ALL are blessed to say touched our hearts and life…unforgettable!!!

  • Deb and Diana…my deepest condolences to you and all your families. Lana was a wonderful, loving person. She was a joy to be around. Her cooking was an art. She will be sorely missed.
    Love to all of you!

  • Dear family of Lana
    Sorry to learn of her passing.
    I met Lana several years ago when I started playing Bridge and Euchre with her.
    We celebrated our birthdays together. I am 10 years younger. March 12 was our
    She was a kind and special lady.
    My husband I moved to Lincoln, Ne. last November. We needed to be near two
    of our sons.
    May you find peace knowing she is in a wonderful place.
    Sincerely, Shirley (Fowble) Robinson

  • We’re with you Deb and Diana lifting you up in support and love.
    Aunt Lana always brought a smile to my face and a laugh to my belly.
    I have so many memories of such fun with her.
    Aunt Emma and Aunt Lana are up there gathering up all our loved ones and getting a few tables of bridge together.
    I still have an Afghan she knitted for me from my 1st marriage(35 years ago) and it has been on the back of a chair ready for use.
    She will be sorely missed.