Lan Yan Stallings, 49, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on May 13, 2023, surrounded by family and loved ones after five years of battling metastatic colon cancer. Lan was born on November 18, 1973, in Nantong, China, to Zhengming Yan and Qiang Zhuge. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1994, and a master’s in architecture in 1997 from the University of Kansas. Lan is survived by her parents, Zhengming Yan and Qiang Zhuge; her sister Dawn Yan; her husband Kevin Stallings; and her children, Lilli Yan Stallings, Kiley Sheng Stallings, stepsons Harrison Stallings and Tyler Busby.
Kevin proposed to Lan on the Great Wall of China while on a family trip in March 2001. They married in October 2002, and have since built a beautiful life together, both personally and professionally. She initially found success as an investment consultant at American Century, but after having her daughters, she quit her job to devote to being an incredible mother to Lilli and Kiley. She loved helping at their school Summit Christian Academy, planning birthday parties, family vacations, and watching her children grow up into amazing people.
Lan’s love for interior design, photography, and architecture led her to become an integral part of Kevin’s custom home building business as well. She took pride and excelled as a designer for his houses and have touched many families in the process of building their dream homes. Lan put her heart into everything she did, whether it was for family or business, and brought a vibrant energy to every encounter she had. She won many public accolades through the numerous awards she received as a designer, but what was more important to her was being a devoted wife, a loving mother, a caring daughter, and an amazing sister who always put the needs of others above her own.
When Lan was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer five years ago, that didn’t stop her from living life to the fullest and pursuing her dreams and passions in life. Initial moments of sorrow led to even more determination and strength in living every moment with heart and intention. Stepping back from a business she loved, she poured her heart into self-discovery and the pursuit of her authentic self. She rediscovered her love for art and joined a watercolor class, started journaling and writing a book, and truly found her spiritual self to come to a place of peace and acceptance with her path in life. Lan was truly a fierce warrior, an amazing woman, and a beacon of light to all those who knew her.
Visitation will be held at the Langsford Funeral Home 115 SW 3rd St, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 from 4:00pm until the last person has come through the line to pay their respects on Thursday May 25, 2023.
Funeral service will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran – LCMS 615 SE Todd George Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 at 11:00am on Friday May 26, 2023.
In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made in honor of Lan to Ascend Hospice and can be delivered at either the Visitation or Funeral service.