Aug 9 2017
Mary Jane Lankford, 78, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at her home, which she loved, with her family by her side. She was born July 8, 1939 in Gainesville, FL and had lived in Callahan for the past 24 years coming from Jacksonville, FL. Mary Jane faced many health challenges throughout her life and she fought them with courage, faith and optimism. Her loving spirit, devotion to family and friends, and welcoming ways will always be missed but we have the comfort of knowing that she’s in a better place and suffering no more. Mary Jane was predeceased by her mother, Frances Mead and sister, Linda Head. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Vern Lankford, who never left her side; daughter, Renee Mauldin (Dan Ratliff); son, Steve Lankford (Pam); grandchildren, Laura Mauldin, Steven Lankford, Jr. (Julianne), Ashley Taylor (Kevin), Leslie Mauldin (fiance’ Neil Palmer); great grandchildren, Sawyer, Mason, Kasidee; devoted brother and sister in law, Larry & Dale Lankford; many beloved nieces, nephews, and special friends. Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 12 at 12pm at Highlands Baptist Church, where she was a member, 2159 Broward Road 32218, with Dr. Art Taylor officiating. Interment will be by cremation. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 714-1110. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Highlands Baptist Church.