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Rosalie Vanzant, 90, formerly of Raytown, Mo., passed away Monday, October 10, 2016. Memorial service Friday, Oct. 14, 11:30 am at Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church, 5055 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO, visitation from10:30 to 11:30 prior to the service. Cremation. Interment to follow at a later date at Floral Hills Cemetery.
Rosie was born Oct. 18, 1925 in Albany, Mo to William B. & Linna (Kelly) Yeater. She was a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She worked as a newspaper reporter for 23 years, then was the Executive Director of the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce. Rosie was married for 52 years to Mark Vanzant. After retirement, she & Mark enjoyed extensive travel, Space A, on military aircraft to many overseas locations. They were also members of Raytown Road Roamers camp club, and enjoyed many years of RV travel.
She was a member of many organizations and a valued volunteer, including Board Member of the Raytown Industrial Development Authority, and various roles as an officer for Missouri Press Women. For many years, Rosie wrote grants and organized the Christmas Store for R.E.A.P. She was recognized by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation as Citizen of the Year in 2004. She was a long-time member of Blue Ridge Boulevard UMC.
Preceded in death by her husband Mark, and son James Lee. Survived by daughters Cindy (Steve) Lanigan and Pat (Bill) Jones; grand-daughters Kendra, Rene, and Cassie Jones; Lauren and Erin Lanigan; sister Norma Tilton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (R.E.A.P). The family would like to thank the caring staff at the Atriums.