Geneva Lannen, 89, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2020.
Geneva was born October 22, 1930 in Taylor, Texas to Edwin Werchan and Clara Leschber. She grew up on the family farm where she learned how to work hard at an early age during the depression years, in charge of cooking lunch for the farm workers.
Geneva married James Joseph Lannen on June 4, 1948. On her 19th birthday, she and James welcomed their first son, Terrance Michael Lannen. On December 8, 1954, their youngest son, Patrick Joseph Lannen was born.
Geneva and James settled in Lake Jackson to raise their family. In 1964, they bought the flower shop at 26 Circle Way, Lake Jackson Flowers & Gifts, and spent the next nearly 30 years creating beautiful flower arrangements for the people of Lake Jackson for events ranging from elaborate weddings to “just because”. Geneva obtained her Texas Master Florist status after years of hard work. She was passionate about her work and found it immensely rewarding. Geneva’s roll as a floral design teacher and her efforts to designate the Texas Hill Country’s Blue Bonnet Highway were just a couple of ways in which she left her mark on the world.
She was a warm, caring and generous person, adored by her family and friends. Always welcoming, she greeted everyone in her home with a huge hug at the front door as they came inside. She treated everyone like family. Her kindness and generosity had no limits. She was an accomplished cook and spoiled her family with her amazing food at every holiday.
Geneva and James were so blessed to travel the world together as they attended floral conventions and trainings. They visited Amsterdam, England, Ireland, Disney World and cruised in Hawaii. They worked hard and were grateful to travel and see new lands, flowers, and art because of it. She appreciated culture and often attended performances of plays, ballets, and any other excuse to go to the theater.
Geneva is preceded in death by her Husband, James and her two sons, Terrance and Patrick Lannen. She is survived by Terry’s wife, Sue Lannen of Sweeny, Texas; grandchildren, Holly Lannen Lanthier and husband Greg Lanthier with their children, Eileen Lanthier and Abigail Lanthier of Black Hawk, Colorado; Wesley and Samantha Lannen with their children, Aubrey, and Terrance James of Manvel, Texas; and Kathleen Lannen McBee and Wayne McBee, and daughter Brittany of Sweeny Texas.
Also surviving Geneva are Pat’s wife, Linda Lannen of Santa Fe, Texas; grandchildren; Anthony Ty Garza and son Tyson; Richard Trey and Chris Garza and their children; Noah, Zoe, Chase, Hannah and Abigail of Santa Fe, Texas.
A Visitation with Funeral Services immediately following will be Tuesday, Aug 4, 5-8 pm at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway Texas City, Texas.
Interment will be Wed. Aug 5, 1:30 pm at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Taylor, Texas.