Amy Gamble Lannan, 95, of Hilo, Hawaii, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at home. She was born Sept. 3, 1916, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Dr. Guy Paden Gamble and Lucile Richey Gamble. Amy often spoke fondly of her memories of growing up and flying with her close in age aunt, Helen Richey, McKeesport's famed aviatrix. She and her late husband, Louis E. Lannan Jr., moved to Elizabeth Township in the mid-1940s and established the Fallen Timber Farm, raising registered Black Angus cattle. Amy was an active member in many associations. She was a former member of Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, active with the Girl Scouts of America and served a term on the Elizabeth Township school board. In 1975, she donated four acres of ground to help establish the Fallen Timber Shelter operated by the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Amy moved to Hilo, where she began a B&B in her home, Lihi Kai, overlooking the Hilo bay. In 1981, she co-founded the no kill Tasha Ohana Animal Sanctuary located in Hilo. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her eldest son, Louis E. Lannan III; and her youngest daughter, Lisa Lannan. She is survived by daughters, Lucile (Michael) Rosin, of San Francisco, Calif., and Laurie Lannan, of Hilo; son, Lance Patrick (Jackie) Lannan, of Alberta, Canada; brother, Guy Paden Gamble, of Ross Mountain; six grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild; nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to Tasha Ohana Animal Sanctuary, 374 Alaloa Road, Hilo, HI 96720.
Donations may be made to Tasha Ohana Animal Sanctuary, 374 Alaloa Road, Hilo, HI 96720.