Obituaries detail

Lanell McCann Pruett, Age: 76
Jun 04, 1947 - Sep 10, 2023

Lanell McCann Pruett, 76, passed away on September 10, 2023 in Olathe, Kansas in her home. She was born on June 4, 1947 in Kansas City to Merton John McCann and Lura Withrow McCann.


Lanell grew up in North Kansas City and had fond memories of her home on Dean Lane, her father's elaborate Christmas decorations, downtown adventures with childhood friends whom she was still very close with, and family road trips to Florida.


Lanell attended North Kansas City High School before studying English at Baker University as an Alpha Chi Omega, then began a long career in the legal system at the Johnson County Courthouse, a private law firm, and proofreading after her retirement for court reporters who became dear friends.


Lanell met Joe on a blind date, and despite him showing up in red plaid bell bottoms, they married 6 months later in 1971. Being married to a police officer and working full time with three children was not easy, but she never missed a game, tournament, or performance for Jeff, Stephanie and Molly. She continued this with her grandchildren watching hundreds of soccer, baseball and volleyball games, even watching soccer from the car and streaming volleyball online when she became too tired. Her grandchildren brought her more joy than anything - her favorite tradition was Christmas cookie decorating where she made dozens upon dozens of sugar cookies and Papa was the judge. She loved to play Monopoly and Uno with the grandkids, even though they cheated. She had such a meaningful and unique relationship with each grandchild and made every effort to make each one feel special. Without a doubt, being Grandma was her greatest accomplishment.


Lanell had the gift of being a great friend to so many. Friends from her childhood, sorority sisters, neighbors, and work friends - all were special to her. She was a lady who lunched often with several dates a week to catch up with them all. She looked forward to her flower shopping adventures with the B's and New York trips full of Broadway shows and shopping.


Lanell was an avid reader, loved to watch the deer in her backyard, and rarely missed a KU basketball game. Anyone close to Lanell knew that her dogs had been her most faithful companions throughout her several treatments and setbacks. Bowser, Bailey and Bear brought her comfort beyond measure and she was looking forward to reuniting with them.


Lanell was preceded in death by her father, mother, sisters, Marilyn Kaye and Linda Lou McCann. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; brother, Mert McCann; son, Jeff (Stephanie) Pruett; daughters, Stephanie (Chuy) Gomez and Molly (Jean) Cortier; and her grandchildren: Lane and Rylie Pruett; Avery Pruett, Lily and Charlie Gomez; and Camilla and Maxwell Cortier.


As per Lanell's request, no funeral service will be held. The family will notify loved ones of a memorial service when it is scheduled. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary in Lanell's name.

Additional Service:
Services at Later Date


Mike Pruett Sep 13, 2023

Brother in law ,Plymouth ,Massachusetts

Rest in peace,we love you and will miss you!

Karol pruett Sep 13, 2023

Sister in law ,Plymouth ,Massachusetts

You loved everyone so hard and fought so hard to the finish. So glad you are pain free and resting in peace…love to you.

Judy Lightle Sep 13, 2023

Schoolmate ,Katy ,Texas

I feel that you have had a great loss. She must’ve been a wonderful grandmother . Gods Peace to all✝️

Jeannie (Hendren) Westmoreland Sep 13, 2023

Classmate all through school ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Lanell was a beautiful lady inside and out. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful obituary and testament to her life! Sending comfort prayers to all of her family. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Julie Schuman Sep 13, 2023

Her sister Marilyn's best friend and knew Lanelli thru her. She was a kind soul and I was happy to know her back then. ,Kansas City ,Missouri

So sorry to hear of her passing. I have fond memories of the past when I look at the items Lanell gifted me after Marilyn's death. Now I have both to keep in my heart and memories.

Joan Nunnink Sep 17, 2023

Coworker, Johnson County Courthouse ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I worked as a court reporter when Lanell was Judge Gray’s administrative assistant. What a gift it was to get to know her. She took me under her wing and was always there to listen to me as I struggled to raise 3 boys as a single mom. She had an infectious laugh and warm personality and my heart goes out to your family for your loss. I still think of her every time I make her poppyseed bread recipe ❤️ She will be missed by many . Joan Nunnink

Jeff Pruett Sep 17, 2023

Son ,Olathe ,Kansas

Mom, I love you, miss you but I know you don’t hurt anymore.

Nancy Reynolds Sep 17, 2023

childcare provider ,Olathe ,Kansas

Molly, your Mom is remembered at Kiddi Kollege with fondness.