Dana Marie (Smoot) Vanmeter


9-10 a.m.
Sat. March 18
Gerth Funeral Home


10 a.m.
Sat. March 18
Gerth Funeral Chapel


The Family

{December 3, 1967 - March 11, 2017}

Dana Marie (Smoot) Vanmeter, 49, of Memphis died Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

She was born the daughter of Kenneth Dean Smoot and Connie (Evans) Smoot Bratton on December 3, 1967 in Kirksville.

Dana married Jeffrey Vanmeter on May 11, 1996 in Warrensburg, MO.

She graduated from Scotland County R-1 where she participated in band, was the manager of the basketball team, and was a member of Anne’s Girls singing group. Dana attended Indian Hills Community College and received her LPN. She earned her RN degree from State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

Dana held many different nursing positions in both Missouri and Texas and enjoyed the many relationships she developed with her patients. Along with nursing, she enjoyed reading, watching movies, and loved animals of all kinds.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert and Wilma Smoot, and maternal grandfather, Artie Allen (Mike) Evans.

She is survived by her parents: Dean Smoot and Connie (Dick) Bratton, all of Memphis; grandmother, Marcine Evans of Memphis; brother, Evan (Tammy) Smoot of Bloomfield; nieces and nephews: Hunter, Olivia, Drew, Katy and Emma Smoot of Bloomfield; many aunts, uncles cousins, and friends.

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  1. Rest in Peace, Dana You are home now, We will miss you here but we are glad you are with God now.

    Comment by Dick ans Nancy Smoot on March 11, 2017 at 10:24 pm
  2. I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have so many memories of Dana and I growing up and a couple of weeks ago I had a really nice visit with her we had talked about getting together I was looking forward to getting to spend some time with a special friend she will always be in my memories and heart.

    Comment by Jeanne Holt on March 12, 2017 at 6:39 pm
  3. Rest In Peace Dana
    Love Dannette

    Comment by Dannette Liles on March 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm
  4. So very sorry. Dana always had an easy smile for everyone she met. May your memories be good ones.

    Comment by Vicki Dodge on March 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm
  5. So very sorry. Dana always had an easy smile, and shared it with everyone she met. May your memories be good ones.

    Comment by Vicki Dodge on March 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm
  6. Have missed Dana in the past years, truly enjoyed working with her in Ft Worth & Arlington. She meant so much to my family in my aunts last years! So very very sorry to learn of this.

    Comment by Ava Davis on March 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm
  7. So very sorry to hear. Thoughts and prayers!

    Comment by Teresa Wheeler on March 12, 2017 at 8:19 pm
  8. May Dana Rest In Peace and may her loved ones also find peace in this time of sadness, our prayers are with you .

    Comment by Gary & Cindy Aldridge on March 13, 2017 at 9:35 am
  9. Dean, Connie, & Evan –

    I am so saddened to hear the loss of Dana. My heart aches for all of you right now. I have so many fond memories of our friendship in high school. I am saddened that we all get busy living our own separate lives and our friendships grow apart. The last time I saw Dana, I believe she just had moved back to Missouri, she was still the same old Dana. She kept telling me how pretty I was. She had such a fun loving way that will never be forgotten.

    Fly High Dana! May you be free of your illness and suffering.

    Dianna Mullinix
    Class of ’86

    Comment by Dianna Mullinix on March 13, 2017 at 10:50 am
  10. I just found out she passed. I had lost touch with her after moving to KC, she was my bridesmaid when I married in 1989. So sorry for your loss. Dana had the best laugh and could always make me smile and make me see the best in every situation. God has an amazing angel now…….we all will miss her smile and love. I wish the family love, good memories and hugs. God has his own personal assistant now. Dana had the ability to do anything. I always admired her for that. I have so may great memories of my teenage years with her….even the ugly old gremlin. But it was unique, just like she was.

    Comment by Tori (Slocum) Bellis on March 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm
  11. The Girls at Memphis IEC will miss your smiling face. She was always so happy when she came in to see us.

    Comment by IEC Girls on March 14, 2017 at 8:08 am
  12. I am so sorry to hear about Dana. Her smile and laugh will be remembered by so many. Praying for peace.

    Comment by Bethany (Anderson) Gibson on March 14, 2017 at 11:01 am
  13. I always loved Dana’s smile. I remember the gremlin also. She had such a great laugh. I had lost touch with her after high school but I knew that she had become a nurse and was excellent as her job. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Dana (Harper) Kapp on March 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm
  14. Sorry to read of your loss. So young but really in GOD’s timing…Our days are written in GOD’s book of life before we take our first breath, HE knows us. It’s always devestating to us even when we watch it coming, but we are never really prepared, other than We are in the LORD’s hands. May her memory comfort you.

    Comment by Janet Davidson on March 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  15. Connie,
    So sorry to hear about Dana. Prayers for you and your family during this time. Loved working with her. She was always smiling.

    Comment by Amanda Hudson (Neagle) on March 14, 2017 at 11:48 pm
  16. Our thoughts are with your family during his difficult time. May you find strength from each other.

    Comment by Jake and Mindi on March 15, 2017 at 7:37 am
  17. Prayers to all Dana’s family and friends. Thinking of you. So sorry.

    Comment by Doris White on March 15, 2017 at 8:40 pm
  18. Prayers to all Dana’s family and friends. Thinking of you.

    Comment by Doris White on March 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm
  19. Be at Peace, My Friend.

    Comment by Ava Krouse on March 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm
  20. So dirty to hear about Dana’s passing. I will forever cherish the wonderful memories. Prayers for peace and comfort.

    Comment by Stephanie (Anderson) Sullivan on March 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm
  21. God had your wings ready for you. My heart just doesn’t want to let go. You’ll forever live in my memories and I’ll never watched another episode of The Big Bang Theory and NOT think of you. Thanks for being such a great friend. I know you’re out of pain and can RIP but I miss you. Ly

    Comment by Lisa Harvey on March 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm
  22. Connie, Dean, Evan and the rest of the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words, just know I’m praying for you during this time. May God comfort you and bring your peace as only He can.

    Comment by Kathy Young on March 20, 2017 at 9:17 am
  23. Connie, so sorry on the last of your daughter. The mother daughter bond last for ever. I will think you and your family in my prayers. God will hold her in his arms.

    Comment by Mary Reite on March 30, 2017 at 7:56 pm

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