October 31, 1942 - September 28, 2015


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, MN for Paula Lee Lanphier, age 72 of St. Cloud, MN who died at her home in St. Cloud, on Monday, September 28, 2015. Pastor Ryan Conrad of Solid Rock Church will officiate. Visitation will be on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and one hour prior to the services all at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Paula was born on October 31, 1942, in Oneonta, NY, the daughter of Paul Everett Conkle and Ruby Lee (Cochran) Conkle. She grew up in Warsaw, IN. She attended school and graduated from Warsaw Community High School. Paula attended Purdue University before marrying Robert Stanley Kirkman. She and Robert raised two children, Hans and Ursula Kirkman while moving around the country with the United States Forest Service. They lived in West Virginia, three locations in California, Idaho, and Wisconsin. After Robert passed away, she then married Kenneth Vernon Lanphier. Paula and Kenny lived in Duluth before moving to St. Cloud in 1989.

Paula spent only a couple years working outside the house as an administrative assistant. Most of her work was done within the home as a mom and as a volunteer. Her enjoyment in life was sharing Christ her savior and quilting. She used both bless and honor everyone she knew. Her quilts have raised over $60,000 for Birthline here in St. Cloud. She has taught quilting, sewn professionally, and quilted as her hobby. Paula owned Cat’s Meow Quilts and was active in state and local quilting shows. She has travelled overseas and gone coast to coast in the United States to teach and enjoy quilting retreats.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Robert Stanley Kirkman, her second husband Kenneth Vernon Lanphier, and two sisters, Cindy Pamel Cripe and Claire Margo Conkle.

She is survived by, one daughter, Ursula C. Eggen and her fiancé Jim R. Heyen of Ulen, MN and one son, Hans C. (Margaret L. Johnson) Kirkman of Vine Grove, KY, her grandchildren, Cristen Seitz, Margo Eggen, Mitchell Lance Kirkman, Braxton Logan Kirkman, Everett Lawrence Kirkman, Keaghn Lee Kirkman, Grayson Layne Kirkman, Caroline Louisa Kirkman, Suzannah Lizette Kirkman, Margaret-Anne Lillian Kirkman, and Abigail Lydia Kirkman, one great grandson Connyr Seitz, one sister, Lynn Ann Keane of Bluffton, SC, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.