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In Memory Of

Laurie J. VanderPlaats

Laurie J. VanderPlaats
Tarkio, Missouri

Laurie J. VanderPlaats, the daughter of Kenneth and Shirley (Kemerling) Walkup, was born May 4, 1966, in Fairfax, Missouri. She attended Tarkio High School, Tarkio, Missouri, graduating in 1984. Laurie attended one year of college at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri.

On June 4, 1988, Laurie was united in marriage to Harold VanderPlaats. They made their home in Tarkio, Missouri.

Laurie was a Nurse’s Aide, Med Tech & assistant office manager at Northview Manor Nursing Home for 25 years, and then was employed in home health care, caring for several ladies in Tarkio. She was also the bookkeeper for her and Harold’s business, H & L, LLC.

Laurie enjoyed fishing, loved her dogs, baking and cooking. Holidays were an important time for her and she enjoyed hosting the family during those events. Laurie passed away surrounded by her family, Sunday, July 2, 2017, at her home in Tarkio, at the age of 51.

In addition to her parents, Laurie was preceded in death by brother, Michael Walkup, nephew Daniel Walkup. Survivors include husband, Harold, Tarkio; siblings, Robert Walkup and wife, Ruth, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Teresa Walkup, Tarkio, Stephen Walkup and wife, Shannon, Foristell, Missouri; step mother, Joyce Walkup, Tarkio; step siblings, Heather Olson and husband, Jeff, Tarkio, Jason Sutter and wife, Tina, Platte City, Missouri, and Holly Huntley and husband, Jeremy, Rock Port, Missouri; sister-in-law, Tracy Howerton and husband, Russell, Boonville, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 7, 2017, First Baptist Church, Tarkio, Missouri
Interment: Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro, Missouri
Open visitation begins 9:00 A.M., Thursday, July 6, Davis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 A.M., Friday, July 7, prior to the service at First Baptist Church.
Memorials: Laurie VanderPlaats Memorial Fund
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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.

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