Oneta Lee Hunter Lange passed away this morning at the age of 87 after a courageous fight with Alzheimer’s disease. She was in the home she loved with her four children by her side. She was known as many things, but to me (and many others) she was Granny. Her legacy will be carried on by her four children and their spouses, her eight grandchildren and their spouses and her five great grandchildren. She was the matriarch of our family and a strong presence in Lodi. When her children where young she lead the youth group at Lodi First Untied Methodist Church and will always be remembered for the amazing ice cream socials they put on. As a member of the Hutchins Street Square Foundation Board she helped shape the creation of Hutchins Street Square into the community center and outstanding facility it is today.
She called me SariAnn and I will forever be able to hear her saying that. When I was growing up she used to watch my cousins, sister and I on Fridays and she would make Yuck Soup with everything in the fridge. She was a master at scrapbooking before it was popular and she would play solitare in her kitchen everyday. She taught me to arrange flowers and wrap presents. Undoubtedly she will be most remembered for her pies and specifically her pie crust. Luckily my sister learned the special techniques and will carry on that legacy.
I am so happy that she got to know three of her great grandchildren, unfortunately the two newest ones were to little and her disease at progressed to much to make a true impression on her. Just three weeks ago she was sitting in my parent’s living room talking with me and holding William. I will hold that memory deep in my heart along with many others. We will all miss her and life will not be the same without her.
We love you Granny.