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Jennie Loree VanZante, 93, of Ottumwa, died at 2 a.m. October 19, 2017 at Vista Woods Care Center.
She was born October 1, 1924 in Wapello County to James L. and Delila Jane Vaughn Smith. She married Wilfred VanZante on September 23, 1967 and he preceded her in death on May 25, 2001.
Jennie was a 1942 graduate of Ottumwa High School. She had worked at her family's bakery, Smith Home Bakery. She then worked 5 years at John Morrell & Co. as a key punch operator and then for 15 years at John Deere Ottumwa Works, retiring in 1967.
Jennie was a member of First Pentecostal Assembly of God.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Jennifer Brown and John Holtsinger; many great-nieces and nephews, including Sydney Hunt, Allison (Sam) Gillies and Lewis (Megan) Brown; and best friend, Chris Keasling.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, James Smith and Donald Smith and a sister, Delores Holtsinger.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Pentecostal Assembly of God with Pastor Richard Schlotter officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
Visitation begins 11 a.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to First Pentecostal Assembly of God.
Published on October 19, 2017
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