Dorothy Vader

Dorothy Ruth Vader (Snow)

Tuesday, April 12th, 1927 - Sunday, December 1st, 2019
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Dorothy Ruth (Snow) Vader, 92, of Independence, MO, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019, following a hip fracture, from which she did not recover. Dorothy is once again with her beloved husband, mom and dad, sisters, and brother: people who meant so much to her, and whom she missed terribly. A visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington, Independence, MO 64052. Service will be at 10am on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1400 W. Sheley Rd, Independence, MO 64052. Inurnment will follow at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens in Independence, MO. Dorothy was born on April 12,1927 in Kansas City, KS., to Thomas Lloyd and Eva Sylvia (Scheid) Snow. She lived most of her life In Independence, MO. As a youth, Dorothy lived on farms. She caught snakes, craw dads, and just about anything that crawled. At the ripe old age of eight, she met her future husband, Edward Vader. They made mud pies together. The pair were married on Nov 20, 1944. Dorothy was an Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Independence and a member of The Order of the Eastern Star. She drove a school bus for four years and worked as a secretary for the Jackson County Health Department in Independence for 25-years. Dorothy loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing trips to Minnesota, Canada, and Alaska, where she caught a 32-pound king salmon. She treasured family time at the cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks. Dorothy would try anything once, whether it was food or a new activity. Ed even bought her a dirt bike for Christmas. She was dedicated to helping people and was a caregiver to many, family and friends alike. Dorothy also loved gardening and always had good crops. If it had a seed in it, she would plant it. She even grew an apple tree from a seed and it bore fruit. Dorothy and her daughter, Barbara, talked every morning at 9:00am and worked on the crosswords in the Examiner and Star together. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed Vader; sisters; a brother; a niece; and two nephews.
She is survived by her son, Bradley; daughter, Barbara; her grandson, Warren (Fran); and great granddaughter, Anna.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, December 9th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Carson-Speaks Chapel
    1501 W. Lexington Ave
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 10:00am
    Trinity Presbyterian Church
    1400 W. Sheley Rd.
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  • Interment

    Oak Ridge Memory Gardens
    18301 E. Salisbury Road
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Piper Wrigley

Posted at 04:48pm
I met Dorothy through the Sermon Center Woodcarving Club and have fond memories and may she Rest In Peace. Piper Wrigley

Bob Edson

Posted at 12:41pm
In memory of Dorothy Vader (a.k.a., Aunt Do)

Aunt Doe was a kind and caring person. I remember meeting her the first time when I was fortunate enough to join the family. After establishing a relationship and ultimately marrying her niece Sandy, I felt like I had immediately gained another Aunt. I felt she loved me from day one, and trusted I was the right man for Sandy and her wonderful daughter Stacy. We shared many good times together. Early Saturday mornings, while Sandy and Stacy were sleeping, I’d drive by Ridgewood Donuts, pick up a favorite of hers and drive to her home. She’d greet me on the back porch, arriving unannounced to surprise her, and invite me in just like a nephew she’d had all her life. The apple fritters were her favorite as we enjoyed a cup of coffee, discussing and solving all the worlds problems.

I will remember her kindness and her love, holiday meals with her, and her acceptance of me into a wonderful family. God rest her soul. I will miss you Aunt Do.

Bob Edson

Kerry Pace

Posted at 07:27pm
Brad i am so sorry to hear this. i lost my Mom this year too in May. And Daddy in October 2018. I hope you find comfort knowing she is in a better place and there is no pain. God bless you all. May God give you the peace that passes understanding.

Kerry (Gilmore) Pace

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