Delia Dawson Tanner, 93, of Gladys, died Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Robert Lee Tanner Sr. for fifty-four years. She was born March 11, 1926 in Campbell County, a daughter of the late Henry Holt Dawson and Elizabeth Strickland Dawson. She was a member of Diamond Hill Presbyterian Church, a homemaker that loved gardening, flowers and the natural world. She was known by many for her all-consuming, giant, full of love hugs and her beautiful welcoming smile. Delia was an encourager that exemplified the beauty and grace of a strong courageous child of God. Her never ending faith, kindness and love will forever be remembered and cherished. "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue" Proverbs 31:26 She is survived by two sons, Robert L. Tanner Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Gladys and Ray Tanner and his wife, Susan, of Gladys; three daughters, Wanda Kay Guthrie and her husband, Jerry, of Gladys, Lydia T. Baber of Gladys and Betty T. Massie and her husband, T.W., of Roseland; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; and a number of extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Virginia McNeil, Margarette Estepp, Sally Compton and Katie Puckette; and three brothers, Charlie, Joseph and Aubrey Dawson. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Diamond Hill Presbyterian Church, Gladys by the Rev. Christy Mitchell. The family will receive friends from following the service at the church. The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider Alzheimer's Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Hospital and The Summit Health & Rehabilitation Center for their care, comfort and professionalism. "Well done, thy good and faithful servant enter into the joy of thy Lord" Matthew 25:23 Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Gladys is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the online tribute at to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.

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