In loving memory of

B. Bernice Fanning
April 6, 1936 - May 12, 2020

Beryl Bernice Fanning, 84, of Upland, died Tuesday morning, May 12, 2020 in Marion General Hospital, Marion. She was born in Van Buren on April 6, 1936, the daughter of the late Dewey and Mary Olive (Ramseyer) Banter. She attended Marion High School.

On May 22, 1954, she married the love of her life, Ronald Fanning, in Martinsville. Together they shared 44 years, before he preceded her in death on December 12, 1998. After living in Marion and Gas City, they moved to Upland (Ronnies hometown).

Bernice was very active in the community, working at the Upland Emporium and as a Clerk at the Post Office for 16 years, before her retirement in 1998. She loved her town and was always quick to say yes for any need. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Brownie Leader, as well as Junior Girl Scout Leader. During Little League season, she was in charge of the Concession Stand for many years. She was a room mother during school times. She was a member of the Upland United Methodist Church where she was very active. In later years, she volunteered during Vacation Bible School in any way she was needed. In the community, she was quick to help the Lions Club and Historical Society with the various festivals each year. She especially enjoyed leading activities at the Senior Center and was a member of the Upland Tri-R-Dice (Bunco) Club. Before losing her eyesight, she would frequently take others to Dr. appointments and other needs. She was famous for her impromptu luncheons, where it was not unusual for her to have 18-20 guests. She was a loving mother to her family and a great friend to the ladies of the community. Proverbs 31:28, Her children will rise up and call her blessed, and her husband praises her as well.

She leaves to cherish her memory five children: Ronald Sam (Karen) Fanning, Marion; Debra Messler; Ronda (Bob) Gilbert; Linda (Robbie) Howell, Marion; and Dan (Amy) Fanning, all of Upland; 10 grandchildren: Michele ODaire, Alexandria; Richard Shane (Sue) Messler, Greentown; Ben (Carla) Messler, Gas City; Tom (Karla) Fanning, Marion; Kyle (Shelly) Fanning, Fairmount; Christy (Dan) Kindler, Matthews; Casey (B.J.) Cox; Robert (Mel) Gilbert; Derek (Josi) Howell,Ft. Wayne; and Eric Howell, Marion; 27great grandchildren: Deanna (Nicole) ODaire, Upland; Dakota ODaire; Tara (Todd) Neel, Alexandria; Tiffany (Ricky) Gonzalas, Sweetser; Zachary Messler; Miranda Ortega, Marion; Nicholas Messler, San Diego, CA; Clifton (Stacey) Messler; Layla Messler, Gas City; Addison, Emmilyn, Laykin and Nolan Fanning, all of Fairmount; Amaia, Trenten, Maddax, and Delanee Howell, all of Ft. Wayne; Connor and Logan Howell, Van Buren; Allen and Alex Rumfelt, Matthews; Bryson Fanning, Matthews; Luke Graham, Cridersville, OH; Justin, Sierra, and Brianna Graham, Lima, OH; Miranda Riggs; Wyatt, Jace, and James Cox, Hartford City; and Gwynn Gilbert, Columbus, OH; 10 great-great grandchildren: Khloe, Kolton, and Chelby Neel, Alexandria; Gatlyn and Gabby ODaire, Marion; Kaden Mansbarger, Makinzie McCallister, Henry Gonzalas, Sweetser; Matteo and Melenie Ortega, Marion; two brothers: Glen Banter, Marion; and Dennis (Rana) Banter, Gas City; three sisters-in-law: Fairy Banter, Gas City; Pat Slagel, Gas City; and Violet Stamper, Marion; Brother-in-law: Lewis Hollans; and former daughter-in-law: Andrea Riggs; many beloved nieces and nephews; and so many special friends, as well as her church family. She loved you all.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson: Brennan Fanning; three sisters: Doris (Lawrence) McIntire; Phyllis Hollans; and Mildred (Pete) Sutton; two brothers: R.D. Banter; and Ardell Banter.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones-Smith Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home, 259 N. Main St., Upland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Upland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 11, Upland, Indiana, 46989 or to the Upland Lions Club Backpack Program, P.O. Box 445, Upland, Indiana 46989.


Judy Deskins wrote on Aug 12, 2020:

"Deb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Bernice was a great woman. God bless. Love, Judy Deskins"

Stacy Moore wrote on Jun 28, 2020:

"You were one of the sweetest and most loving neighbors I have. Living next to you for the past two years has been a honor. I'm going to miss seeing you "

David F. Little wrote on May 17, 2020:

"Sam, sending condolences too you and the rest of your family for the loss of your Mother."

Joe Holloway wrote on May 16, 2020:

"Sam, So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family"

Steve and Deb Hatland wrote on May 16, 2020:

"Bernice was a wonderful part of our church community. She will be missed. May the Lord bless you all with joy filled memories.Steve and Deb Hatland"

Cathy Thurman wrote on May 14, 2020:

"Sam, we're sorry for your loss. Ronnie and Cathy Thurman"

Jeannie Jarrett wrote on May 14, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss. Prayers. Rick & Jeannie J"

Cheryl Allen wrote on May 14, 2020:

"Condolences from the Jack Himelick Family"

Dennis Smith wrote on May 13, 2020:

"Sincere sympathy!"

Jessica Fischer wrote on May 13, 2020:

"May time heal the sadness that you feel with the loss of Bernice. During these tough times, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers." wrote on May 13, 2020:

"My heartfelt sympathy to Sam, Rhonda, Deb, Linda and Dan as well as the rest of the family. I have wonderful memories of Bernice and the many outings we had during school and Scouts.Rest High our dear friend"

Marsha Becker wrote on May 13, 2020:

"I remember with fondness how she cared for my boys and all the children of ladies attending a weekly Bible story. This was a long time ago because the youngest will be 40 this year! She was a special person."