Annie “Blanche” Lepping, our beloved mother, 79, of Hutchinson, went home to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 21, 2021. She was born April 20, 1942 in Fort Pillow, TN, the daughter of the late Wylie David and Annie Laura Parker Messer. She was one of three sets of twins. She enjoyed and loved her family dearly, playing Yahtzee, Rummy, Dominoes, Sorry, riding roller coasters, traveling and water gun fights with her brother Sterling. Our mom, was an Amazing woman, who had the ability to make you feel Loved and Welcomed regardless of who you were. An inspiration to all who knew her, always quick to encourage whether it be a smile, compliment, hug, prayer, a scripture or a card to let you know you were being thought of. She truly did the small things with Great Love, bringing out the best in everyone she met!
Blanche married William Carroll Lepping on July 14, 1976 in Ripley, TN. Together they founded and pastored the Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Abilene, KS, on August 8, 1987 where they served for 18 wonderful years sharing the Love of God to those in need, prior to his passing on December 26, 2009.
Blanche was a daycare provider in her home for 12 years and a member of the Faith Free Will Baptist Church, Salina, KS. She had lived in Salina since 1975, but due to Parkinson’s, she moved to Hutchinson in 2012 to live with her daughter Lisa and son in law Daryl Fouard.
Survivors include, sons: Marvin (Desiree) Lepping, Shane (Kristen) Lepping, Darrin Hassler, all of Salina, KS, and Craig (Valerie) Bridgewater of Shawnee, OK; daughters: Sharon (Wes) Wernecke, Diane (Ron) Wilcome and Tryma Crist, all of Salina, KS, Mary Schmitt of Bentonville, AR, Lisa (Daryl) Fouard of Hutchinson, KS, Teresa Born of Wichita, KS and Linda (Monte) Waller of Clarksville, TN; daughter in law: Nancy Lepping of Salina, KS; siblings: twin brother, Larry Messer of Eufaula, OK, and Jimmy Messer of Mumford, TN; 45 grandchildren; and 68 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; sons: William Howard Bridgewater, Jr and Robert Lepping; grandchildren: Destin and Gabriel Baize, Daniel Wilcome and Richard Williams; brothers: Maurice, Trymon, Laney, Lonnie, Lyndon and Sterling Messer; and sisters: Tricie Mitchell and Marlon Gaye Messer.
Graveside services will be held at 2:-00 PM Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Salina, KS. Celebration of Life services were previously held and may be seen on the Inman Funeral Home Facebook Page. Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Free Will Baptist Church or Serenity Hospice, both in care of Inman Funeral Home. To leave a condolence for the family, visit: www.inmanfh.com.