Vesta Grace Dent, 81, of Kahoka, Missouri, formerly of Newark and Edina, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.
She was born on October 11, 1934 near Plevna, Missouri, the daughter of Ray Edward and Grace Ballinger Prosser.
She graduated from the Edina High School in the Class of 1942.
Vesta married Robert Lee Dent on April 16, 1952 in Edina, Missouri, before graduation since Robert was leaving for the military. She would join him in California after graduation.
They would return, after Robert served during the Korean Conflict, to farm near Newark, Missouri. In 1984 they had a farm sale and moved to Edina, Missouri and started the Dent Auction House, where she worked the kitchen and clerked before Robert’s health failed.
She was a member of the Bee Ridge United Methodist Church, southeast of Edina, Missouri but also attended the Edina and Kahoka United Methodist Churches in later years.
She enjoyed painting china, quilting, knitting and meeting with the 80’s Ladies but most of all she cherished the time spent with family.
Vesta is survived by a daughter, Kathy and Tom Shipley of Kahoka, Missouri; two sons, Dale Dent and his fiancé Sheri Scott of Newark, Missouri and Steve and Linda Dent of Avalon, Missouri; grandchildren, Aaron Dent, Justin Burkhardt, Nakita Dent, Bryce Dent, Bryana Dent, Alicia Burkhardt, Holly Dent Hicks, and Robert Dent; great grandchildren, Soliga Burkhardt, Christian Burkhardt, Austin Burkhardt, Travis James Burkhardt, and Faith Burkhardt, Alexis Sturm and Grace Dent; a sister-in-law, Virginia Prosser of Mexico, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Clyde and Rose Dent of San Antonio, Texas and Richard and Charlotte Dent of Oak Grove, Missouri; along with numerous nieces, nephew, cousins and a host of friends.
Vesta was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert Lee Dent in 1996; a grandson, Travis Burkhardt in 2003 and a brother, Ray Prosser, Jr.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Visitation will be after 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 23, 2016, with the family receiving friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Bee Ridge Cemetery, southeast of Edina, Missouri.
Pastor Barbara Hagerla will officiate and music will be provided by Audrey and Jim Dent. Casket Bearers will be Bryce Dent, Travis Sturm, Justin Burkhardt, Mark Klocke, Robert Mitchell and Gary McKenzie. Honorary Bearers will be Bryana Dent, Alicia Burkhardt, Duane Fountain, Kenneth Klocke, Bobby Simmons, Quentin Greenley, and Larry Lumley.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Vesta Dent may be left to the Bee Ridge Cemetery Association. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.