Nina Raps

March 10, 1926February 8, 2019

Nina Raps, 92, of Independence, MO passed away peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, February 8, 2019.

She was born to the late Paul and Maude Teale on March 10, 1926. She lived her entire life in Independence, MO. She graduated from Northeast High School in 1943. She married Roy Raps on June 1, 1947, who preceded her in death in 1991. She is survived by their 3 children, Melody Evans (Jim), Steve Raps (Karen) and Cindy McCloud (Phil). She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Pratt. Nina was a strong woman of faith. She was raised at Mount Washington Baptist Church where she also raised her children. Later in life she joined Noland Road Baptist Church where she was an active member until her passing.

She set a wonderful example of service to her children. She was the church librarian for many years at Mt. Washington where she instilled the love of reading of all three of her children. She and her husband served in the food pantry at the church and they both volunteered for Meals on Wheels which she continued serving until well into her 80’s. She also loved sewing for the Linus Project at church and enjoyed the Tuesday’s spent with the other ladies working on the quilts and blankets. She looked forward to her Sunday School class each week and the great friends and fun she had with them.

She was known for her quick wit and dry sense of humor. She was also known for her thoughtfulness in remembering so many with birthday and anniversary cards throughout the years. She loved to garden and her canned green beans and fresh tomatoes are missed by her family.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, February 14th at Noland Road Baptist Church, 4504 S. Noland Road, Independence, MO 64055. Visitation at 10 am with service to follow at 11 am. A private family committal service will be held at Mt. Washington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers we are requesting charitable donations be made in her honor to either Mount Washington Baptist Church, 9623 Independence Avenue, Independence, MO 64053 or Meals on Wheels, 409 North Liberty, Independence, MO 64050.


  • Paul Teale, Father
  • Maude (Willet) Teale, Mother
  • Roy Raps, Husband
  • Melody (Jim) Evans, Daughter
  • Steve (Karen) Raps, Son
  • Cindy (Phil) McCloud, Daughter
  • Dorothy Pratt, Sister
  • Nina also leaves 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

  • Andy "Drew" McCloud, Pallbearer
  • Scott Raps, Pallbearer
  • Rocky Allen, Pallbearer
  • Dave Stadler, Pallbearer
  • Evan Allen, Pallbearer
  • Josh Allen, Pallbearer

  • Mount Washington Baptist Church
  • Meals on Wheels


  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 14, 2019

Nina Raps

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Lee Lindahl

February 14, 2019

As my mom's best friend and my godmother, Nina's been a loving presence in my life as long as I can remember. I'll miss her laugh, her ready and gentle wit, the birthday and anniversary cards she sent every year, and most of all, I'll miss getting a hug from her. Wishing comfort to Steve, Melody and Cindy.

Martha Green

February 12, 2019

What a wonderful lady! She was so quick-witted and always spoke to me. Bittersweet time for us but what a just reward for her!

Patty Gardner

February 12, 2019

I loved being around Nina. She joined our family for several events and she was so fun! She was always smiling and saying funny things. We loved having her with us. She was an impressive woman and I will miss her.