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Vanessa Ruth Williams

January 30, 1959October 4, 2020
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Vanessa R. Williams, age 61, of Columbia, MO passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020. A visitation will be held Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm followed by a private funeral service for the family at 2:00 pm, both at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia, MO. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, MO. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask for your understanding and cooperation in our efforts to keep our families and staff safe. Masks are required inside the building and we ask that you observe social distancing throughout the building.

Vanessa was born January 30, 1959 in Columbia, MO to Elmer and Helen Acton. She is survived by her husband Bob Williams, her three children, Jessica Bock, Morgen Tune, and Billy Tune, and her two stepdaughters Kristy Hampton and Rebecca Williams. Her loving father Elmer Acton, her siblings, Teresa Nelson, and Elmer Acton, Jr. will also miss her. She was lucky enough to have ten wonderful grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Alyssa, Jacob, Stella, Madisyn, Richard, Jaxin, Brody, Mitchell, Will, and Colt that love her and will remember her well. One great-grandchild, Sebastian, will also remember her fondly in the coming years.

Vanessa was a passionate lover of life, beauty, and nature. She loved her family, cooking, caring, and shopping for us all. She will be remembered by all that she loved for her wonderful cookies, smile, and zest for life. She was like a lovely butterfly fluttering by with love and kisses. Her husband will best remember her as, "his little Indian girl," his best friend, and the love of his life.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Vanessa's memory to the Freedom of Road Riders Organization, Local 13 out of Mexico, MO, in care of Memorial Funeral Home.

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  • Freedom of Road Riders Organization, Local 13

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

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beverly Baum

October 8, 2020

Vanessa always had a beautiful smile on her face ,she loved people ,she was very warm and inviting she made you feel so comfortable and relaxed. She loved music and having fun .we loved her very much she was one of a kind.
Bev and wayne baum

Angela Garrett (formerly Baum)

October 8, 2020

Beautiful, sweet Vanessa! My memories of you are nothing but wonderful and loving. You are one of the most caring, kind people I've ever known. Your smile always lit up the room! I was so happy when you met Bob and found love again and true happiness. Some of my favorite memories are the many times I spent with you and Bob singing karaoke or in the yard on Sundays drinking peanut butter & jelly shots you made! Lol. You two were there when I met my sweet husband and we had so much fun with you! We were there at your wedding and so happy to see you two together and seeing your sweet kids all grown up. You raised wonderful, loving children with hearts of gold like yours. You passed on your beautiful, sweet nature to each of them and their smiles light up the room just like yours did!! I always tell people that you were like an angel on earth and now you're with our dear Father in Heaven. You will be dearly missed and thought of often. I can't wait to see you in Heaven one day and get another one of your wonderful hugs!! Rest in peace sweet girl and fly with the angels and butterflies. I love you so much. -Angela

Sheena Carpenter

October 8, 2020

Aunt vanessa was a huge part of my childhood , she was one of the kindest ,most loving people I've ever known in this world. She loved everyone for who they are and was like an aunt ,a friend and a sister all in one to me. I remember going grocery shopping with her a few times over the years if you ever went with her you'd better be prepared for a field trip cuz your gonna be at the store all day ,bless her heart she sure took her time shopping. I will always love and miss her. She took care of me a lot as a young child with my cousins Morgen and Billy we'd spend summers together I'll never forget the memories we made. Fly high aunt vanessa, fly high may you be at peace and with the angels.

Carole Rule

October 8, 2020

I didn't know Vanessa as well as most, but I do know that she was a very sweet, kind, and generous with sharing ❤. She didn't know me at all and when Devon introduced me to her and Yamaha Bob she was very kind and accepting of me. Anytime we would run into them from then on she always welcomed me with open arms and a genuine hug. Her love of butterflies, flowers, her husband, and her family were very obviously shared with everyone she knew. I'm so sorry for the hurt hearts you leave behind 💔 😔 Godspeed Vanessa 🙏 my heartfelt condolences to Bob and all the family❤🙏

Debbie Snodgrass

October 8, 2020

I knew Vanessa and her family when we were kids and we lived on Lynnwood Dr
We would play Barbie Dolls...Ride Bikes and swim in the pool that her family had
I look back on those days with the fondest of memories
My heart and prayers go out to all her family and friends
What a Sweet and Peaceful person she was
May God Bless

TRINA Andrews

October 7, 2020

Vanessa I hope this expression of condonance reaches you in heaven, I am so sorry that you went away so fast and unexpectedly . . I guess this just goes to show that none of us never know how long we have we could be here one moment and gone the next. So this is a reminder to never take those you love ur family for granite and to appreciate them . I cherished you for the beautiful sociall butterfly and warm hearted loving person you were. You were my sister-in-law for close to 30 years and like a sister to me I never stopped loving you although I wasn't around a lot in the last years of your life.you meant the world to me and I only regret not being able to spend time with you again like from the days of the past. But you're remarried and found new love and I'm so happy for you that you had the opportunity to do so and with that came another new family that you also loved but when that happens it's sometimes hard to fit in so I know you understood. I cherished the times we spoke and connected on messenger and interacted with one another and I regret that this last month I had made plans to come visit you but then you left this world andI didn't get that opportunity and the chance to do that again and i iknow you're leaving behind a lot of people that you loved . you were very loved by so many and I know in heaven you will spread your wings and fly high for the angel and butterfly that you are. Thank you for being in my life for so long andfor all that you did and all the good memories that we had back in that time of your life when the kids were little and growing up I will never forget the family events and Christmas Thanksgiving and holidays I will hold them and cherish them until it is time for me to meet my maker and then we will all be together and having us one big family until then Vanessa good night .love you always and forever Trina Sheena Rhonda Kenny Marvin will miss you and cherish the memories that we made together. You will never be forgotten ..

Teresa Nelson

October 7, 2020

Vanessa, my dear sweet sister.
Until we meet again I will miss you. You were always there to help anyone that needed it. As for being my older sister you protected and loved me more than words can say. We had quite a ride, didn't we? I love you dearly and regret not telling you that more often. I am at a loss to describe my sadness but know that you are in heaven where there is peace and love. You will be a perfect angel.
Love you sweet sister.
Teresa

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