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Ricky Lynn Lanham Droege, 75, of Oak Grove, Missouri passed away at St. Luke’s Medical Center East on July 17, 2020. A memorial will be held at 7:00pm on August 21, 2020 at Powell Gardens (Memorial Gardens), Kingsville, MO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Oak Grove, Missouri.
Ricky was born on January 31, 1945 in Superior, Nebraska to Iva and Victor “Max” Lanham. After working on the family farm in Nora, Nebraska, with her brother Robert Lanham, she attended Platte Valley Academy where she graduated high school-class of 1963. She then continued her education at Andrews University where she earned her Nursing degree. Ricky was passionate about nursing and caring for her patients at Lee’s Summit Medical Center for 27 years. She retired from LSMC and wished to continue her passion for caring for others so she dedicated her time by volunteering for Crossroads Hospice and received Volunteer of the Year Award.
She had a smile as big as her heart and never knew a stranger. She had a deep love for photography and served in her church for many years. She wanted all people to know God and his Grace. Her biggest passion was spending time with her family and friends. She loved the outdoors and traveled as much as possible. She enjoyed long road trips and seeing the beautiful scenery.
Ricky is preceded in death by her parents; Iva and Max Lanham; sister, Sandra Paton; and mother in law, Rosa Mary Droege. Survivors include her husband Michael Droege, brother Robert (Sharon) Lanham; children, Erin (Richard) Munson, Elizabeth (Jesse) Epperson, and Amy Vance; 11 Grandchildren, Starla, Summer, Michael, Alicia, Drew, Kirsten, Denton, Chris, Ryan, RaeLynn and Victoria; 6 Great Grandchildren, Xander, Aleah, Braylee, Addison, Rylan and Reagan.
Ricky will forever be remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.