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Carolyn Sue Vanzant

Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:46 am


A Mass of Christian Burial for Carolyn Sue Vanzant of Elsberry was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Elsberry.

Fr. Charles Tichacek, church pastor, officiated with burial in New Hope Cemetery near Elsberry.

Serving as pallbearers were Tony Vanzant, Bart Mersch, Corbin Marchack, Rodney Bross, Mark Bross and Dale Hurley.

Mrs. Vanzant, 70, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 13, 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Peters.

Born Dec. 16, 1943 in Quincy, IL, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Viola Younk Johnson.

She graduated from Bethel High School.

Carolyn was united in marriage on June 24, 1961 in Shelbina to Harry Ellis Vanzant.

This union was blessed with four children: Tony, Anika, Crystal and Patricia.

She loved spending time with family, dancing, bowling and playing cards.

She was a former member of D.O.M. Club and participated with Meals on Wheels.

Carolyn worked as a Teller for the Bank of Lincoln County from 1980-1995.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Viola Thrasher; her stepfather, Vernon Thrasher; and one granddaughter, Christy.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 53 years, Harry Vanzant of Elsberry; one son: Tony Vanzant and his wife, Lori, of Troy; three daughters: Anika Olson of Denver, CO, Crystal Mersch and her husband, Bart,  of Troy and Patricia Marchack and her husband, Corbin, of Columbia; and eight grandchildren: Kayla, Kelsey, Courtney, Mackenzie, Jake, Keely, Clayton and Dominic.

She also leaves her father, Lawrence Johnson of Palmyra; one sister, Betty Bross of Palmyra; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and again on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, 107 S. 5th Street; Elsberry, MO 63343.

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