V'Ann Baltzelle

V'Ann Baltzelle


V'Ann Baltzelle, 76, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville as a result of cancer and treatment complications.

She was born January 3, 1945 in Lewistown, Missouri to Jack G. and Virginia (Shoup) Baltzelle. They divorced when she was 3, leaving her with her mother. She went to Lewistown schools, graduating from the high school in 1963. Her mother was an internationally known artist and consequently sent her to Hollywood to Art School. “Folks said I had the talent, but I guess I didn’t have the drive.” She returned to Missouri after one semester.

She worked at Hollister’s for many years as Vivica Deatrick, making friends of many, as a result of her gentle nature and encouraging spirit. She loved animals and contributed to many causes to preserve them. She also supported groups who honored veterans and public TV. She often assisted those who were less fortunate than she; providing for cable for a friend in assisted living, encouraging those who were lonely, and loaning money for emergencies. She loved and owned cats, dogs and horses. At the time of her death she had four cats. She was very conscientious about caring for their medical needs.

V’Ann was an only child and had no surviving relatives, but she leaves many friends who will celebrate her life, 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 6, at 110 Pfeiffer Ave. at the Church of Christ, where she was especially interested in the mission work of the church and would appreciate donations to support that work. Donations may be left at the church or sent to Travis-Noe Funeral Home P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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