Catherine Bell Lankford, age 100, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016. She was born November 8, 1915 in Senoia, Georgia and was the last surviving child of six children born to Mary Ella Mashburn Bell and Claude Loudon Bell. Catherine is survived by her husband, George Howard Lankford of Lawrenceville; son, David Michael Lankford & wife, Janice Lee Lankford, of Lawrenceville; daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Lankford & husband, Michael William McKay of Forest Hills, NY; niece, Sandra Johnston Bruns of Cumming; great niece Diana Kimling Keegan of Atlanta; great nephew, Johnny Stevens of Atlanta, great grand nieces, Jennifer Mary Kimling and Rachael Lauren Kimling; great grand nephew, Christopher Robin Kimling, all of Marietta. Catherine graduated at the top of her high school class and moved to Atlanta where she attended Georgia Tech Night School. She married George Howard Lankford on October 8, 1949. Catherine retired from her position as Manager of the Claims Dept. for a London based insurance company in downtown Atlanta when she and her husband adopted fraternal twins in 1954. She has been a Gwinnett County resident since 1967 and embarked upon a second career in the late 1970's and early 1980's as a breeder of purebred, registered Persian and Himalayan kittens. She and her husband were charter members of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church located at 3305 Lawrenceville Hwy. Catherine and George both retired in 1980 and spent their retirement years traveling in the U.S. and camping 7 months each year at Moccasin Creek at Lake Burton, Georgia. They also spent 2 months each year in Pensacola, FL. A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 3305 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church.

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  1. Miss you Mom dearly. Love you very much. We will forever cherish our memories of you.

  2. Dearest Howard, Catherine and David,

    I was grieved to hear of Kay’s passing and I’m so sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful friend to my mom (Bernice Eaton) for so long and such a blessing to her. I was always glad to see her if she was home when I’d visit Mom, because she was always so cheerful and fun to chat with. She was a delight.

    We’ll be praying for your comfort and peace during this time of sorrow.

  3. Dear George Howard Lankford, David & Janice Lankford and Catherine E. Lankford,

    May fond memories of your beloved wife/mother bring you comfort during this difficult time in your life. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. God rest her soul.
    Thank you.

    Justin Lee and family

  4. Dear George Howard Lankford,
    David & Janice Lankford,
    Catherine E. Lankford & Michael William Mckay

    May God give you comfort in your time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

    Paul & Agnes Chin

  5. Catherine-

    Please find comfort in the beautiful memories your mom left you and your brother. God bless you and your family and God bless your mother’s soul. May she rest in peace.


  6. Dearest Catherine and family,

    May God continue to strengthen you and your family during this time. What a beautiful soul your Mom is and she shall remain in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. My dear Kay. You are so loved by so many and will be missed. We had so much fun together. Laughter at all our family get togethers our thousands of hours on the phone. Again. Laughing. Our many trips to New York ,Florida etc. eating catfish. I love you very much and will see you again.

  8. Dear Friends:

    May God grant eternal rest to Mrs. Catherine Bell Lankford and may He give the entire Lankford family and extended family the strength and courage they will need to get through this very difficult time. She was a great lady and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  9. My most sincere thoughts and prayers for the Lankford family. Kay was such a sweet lady who will be dearly missed by all who knew here. May God bless her soul and her family in this time of sorrow.

  10. Catherine, You are so fortunate that you had your mom for so long. It doesn’t ease the pain of her departure but you have been able to build up years of memories. She has gone to a better place where there is no pain or suffering. Take solace in your memories and the fact that your mom is with the Lord in his castle.

  11. We met the Lankford family through David’s lovely wife, Janice. It has been inspiring to get to know about the devotion that Catherine had for her husband., her children and their spouses. She served her community at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in a most admirable way. A very long life – well lived!

  12. Dear Catherine,you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.What a beautiful peaceful end to a beautiful life well lived,your beloved Mom is now at rest with the Lord.May he give you strength and comfort to celebrate her life!God bless all.

  13. So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Catherine very well, but Bobby thought a lot of your family. I’ve heard stories about them at Moccasin Creek and I know she was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  14. Catherine.. What a blessing to have had your mother in your life for so long. From all of your stories, your mother was an amazing, loving woman. She may no longer be here in body, but her light will shine on through you. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  15. My Aunt Kay was a great person who will be missed forever. She was such a loving happy person. Prayers are with Howard who we all know loved her so much. I have so many memories of her over my whole life. She will be missed.

  16. Aunt Kay you and Uncle Howard have been a fixture in my life since I was born. Many memories of times past. I still have the two ceramic Angels you made for me in 1963. May God continue to bless you as he has done in the past. I could not have asked for a better Aunt to share this journey with. I love you and miss you…. Johnny

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