Zelia Marler VanHoose

Zelia Marler VanHoose, 83, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away at home on April 2, 2024. She was born on June 2, 1940 to Olin and Ethel Spencer in Cross Timbers, Missouri.

Zelia and her family relocated to Kansas City in the mid-1950s where she would eventually meet and wed Quincy Marler on November 13, 1958. Their marriage welcomed 2 daughters and Zelia enjoyed focusing on being a fabulous wife, homemaker, and mom. They were happily married for nearly 30 years.

Zelia became a young widow in 1988, but was remarried to Arthur VanHoose on March 25, 1994. They enjoyed almost 20 years of marriage.

Zelia’s favorite color was blue. Her favorite flower was the star-gazer lily. She enjoyed watching sports, our local teams and especially her grandsons. She also liked to bowl, play canasta, and do anything that her grandsons wanted. She loved music, especially old gospel hymns. She worked in retail and as an accounts receivable clerk.

In addition to her parents, Zelia was preceded in death by her husband, Quincy Marler; brother, John Spencer; and her second husband, Arthur VanHoose. Zelia’s survivors are her brother, James Spencer of Blue Springs, Missouri; daughters, Audrey Marler of Kansas City, Missouri and Bonnie Gorman and her husband, Scott of Blue Springs, Missouri; grandsons Blake Gorman and his wife, Katie of Kirkwood, Missouri and Jacob Gorman of Blue Springs, Missouri and many other dear family and friends.

A visitation and funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, Raytown, MO.  The visitation begins at 10:00 AM with the funeral at 11:00 AM.  Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Independence, MO following the services.


  1. Donna Rector on April 3, 2024 at 9:47 am

    My adopted Mother. Am going to miss her dearly!! My puzzle buddy!!

  2. Robin Hoff on April 3, 2024 at 10:10 am

    Chiefs games won’t be the same without Gran cheering on her favorite player…#15!
    She will be truly missed…cherish all of your joyful memories!

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