Carol J. VanZant Ross

Keokuk, Iowa

Sep 1, 1927 – Aug 26, 2020 (Age 92)


September 1, 1927
August 26, 2020
Keokuk, Iowa


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Carol J. VanZant Ross, 92, of Keokuk, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at her home.

She was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Mosinee, Wis., the daughter of Stanley and Evelyn Reynolds Blaisdel.

On Aug. 31, 1946, Carol was united in marriage with Stanley "Gene" VanZant. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1978. She later married Milton Conn Ross, and he preceded her in death on April 19, 2004.

She is survived by one son, Steve (Mary) VanZant of Burlington; two daughters, Cathy (Tom) Richardson of Keokuk, and Paula J. VanZant (Darrell Arment) of Iowa City; six step-children, Bruce (Julie) Ross, Steve (Janet) Ross, Mike (Annie) Ross, Dennis Ross, Valerie Droe, and Mary Boyd (Jim Ackerson); eight grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and a very close friend and neighbor, Luca Majno.

Besides her husbands she was also preceded in death by two grandchildren; one sister, Blanche; one brother, Stanley, in infancy; and one step-son-in-law, Danny Droe.

There will be no services. Burial will be at a later date.

Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Words are hard to express the true Feeling we have for Carol, except she was the American Idol to many people. She was a very special person to many lives. Great sense of Humor with a Great Smile . Carol Loved everyone. May Her Soul rest in peace with the ones she loves. Carol, we love you, John & Chris Shields

I remember loving Carol. She was so happy and fun. My parents were best friends with she and Gene. Good memories, she will be missed!

I’m hard pressed to think of a nicer woman that I encountered in my youth. Very special place in my memories and I relay my condolences to all in her family .
I credit Gene Van Zandt for my 1st chance to steer a boat when he handed over the helm of the pontoon on mighty Lake Keokuk!
Great recollections of great times!

So sorry to hear of the passing of Carol. My mom and dad were very fond of her. May God Bless.