Zanna W. Reeder

Zanna W. Reeder, age 89, of Kansas City, MO passed away Tuesday July 9th, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday July 16, (which would have been her 90th birthday), 1:30pm at Bishop Spencer Place, 4301 Madison, Kansas City.

Zanna Mae Wentworth, was born July 16, 1929 in Miles City, MT the first child of Charles F. & Marion (Blachnik) Wentworth. The family moved to Great Falls, MT where she grew up, and attended Great Falls High School.

She loved dance in all forms and spent her life pursuing this love. She was an accomplished Baton Twirler, proficient in Professional Ball Room dance, Roller Dance, and many International dances. She taught Baton-Twirling and International Dance to numbers of children, in Great Falls when she was young, and later in her adopted home town of San Diego, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband Col. Herbert ‘Bruce’ Reeder, parents Charles and Marion Wentworth, & brother Gerald C. Wentworth.
Survivors include: daughter, Ricki Helgeson (Barry) Ritter & grandson Andrew Ritter, of Kansas City, MO; son, Ronald (Beth) White, of Lakewood, CO; brother Chuck (Pam) Wentworth & niece Michelle Wentworth, of St Louis, MO; nephew Christopher (Shannon) Wentworth of Assisi, Italy; nieces, Charlene Wentworth Jackson, & Kathy Wentworth (Andy) Bubnash of Great Falls; and niece Liz Wentworth (Mark) Young of Abilene, TX.

Suggested memorial: Send a little girl to dance lessons.


  1. Beverly Shay on July 15, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Nicely told, Ricki. Sad and glad for you. Sad for your loss. Glad for the past years of renewed relationship with your mom. Well done caring for her! May you remember well, grieve well and rejoice well. Always in my love.
    ~ Beverly

  2. Harvey Ritter on July 15, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Sorry for your loss

  3. Rebecca, Kai & Prescott on July 15, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Such a blessing for your mom to be so close these past years. We love you very much and are praying for your peace during this time of loss.

  4. Bobbi Kirby on July 15, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Very beautiful…I’m so very sorry Ricki. Sending love and prayers your way.

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