Charlotte M. Groom Vollrath Obituary
Charlotte M. Groom Vollrath left us to be with her Lord Jesus on November 24, 2014. Born on May 12, 1921 in Ava, Missouri, she lived in Bradleyville, Galena and Forsyth while growing up. Charlotte graduated from Galena High School and then attended Drury College, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (now Missouri State University). Charlotte taught for two years in two one-room schools in Taney County, Missouri. In 1943 she and Sgt. Howard K. (Bud) Groom were married and she worked in Washington DC and Oxnard, California while he served overseas. After WWII they lived in Forsyth and then moved to Kansas City in 1952 where she worked for the US Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1981 as a Budget Analyst with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. Howard died in 1971. In 1979 Charlotte met Harold K. Vollrath and they married in 1981.
Charlotte was a Christian and an active member of Colonial Presbyterian Church, joining in 1962 and over the years serving as an Elder, Deacon and volunteer. She was a member of the Lea Manor Garden Club, Kansas City Live Steam Club, White River Valley Historical Society, and various wildlife and conservation organizations. Charlotte’s interests and loves were the outdoors and her roots in her native Taney County Southern Missouri Ozarks. She enjoyed gardening-both flowers and vegetables, birds, her beagles, and all of God’s creatures. She was also a fan of big band music and ballroom dancing.
Charlotte is survived by her husband, Harold K. Vollrath; stepdaughter, Virginia Hertenstein (Dean), Coppell, Texas; three step-grandchildren, Jon Carroll, Lee Carroll and David Hertenstein; sister, Patricia Purtell (John), Springfield; and niece, Pamela Purtell, Kansas City. Charlotte was predeceased by her first husband, Howard K. (Bud) Groom; parents, Ralph D. and Mabel Dean McPherson; sister, Virginia Ruth Wood; niece, Lauralee Purtell; and stepson, David H. Vollrath.
A celebration of Charlotte’s life will be held at Colonial Presbyterian Church at 95th and Wornall in Kansas City at 3:00pm on Monday, December 1, 2014. Graveside services will be at 2:00pm, Tuesday, December 2nd at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Branson, Missouri. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Wayside Waifs and Colonial Presbyterian Church. Please offer condolences at www.overlandparkchapel.com