Rose Etta Heath, 65, of Columbia left to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. She was born June 18, 1954 in Charleston, Missouri, to the late Artie and Katherine (McTye) Liddell.

Rose attended school in Caruthersville, Missouri, before moving to Columbia. She attended Jefferson Junior High School. She married Robert Heath on Aug. 2, 1970, in Columbia. She worked at Atkins, Hearnes Center and Red Roof Inn before becoming a stay-at-home mother to her children.

Rose enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, playing cards, going to casinos, attending barbecues and attending family gatherings. She could always be found listening to blues. She was always quick to help anyone in need. She made anyone who came to her home feel like family. But most of all she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Heath of Columbia; daughters, Myra Heath (Alphonso Gray) of Columbia, Katherine Heath of Kansas City and Elaine Vinyard (Tony Hatton) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; son, DraVon McTye of Columbia; sisters, Linda McTye, Betty McTye and Ethel Brown, all of Columbia; brothers, Artie McTye and Henry McTye (Nancy), both of Columbia; grandchildren Robert Heath (Emily) of Long Mount, Colorado, and Teesha Heath (Jermaine) and Shequaila Heath of Columbia, Jon Dale Johnson and Marquail Johnson (Lyric) of Kansas City and Airious Heath of Columbia; and great-grandchildren, Ja’Marion Mayes, Sha’Mira Mayes, LaMiyah Heath and Te’Zyon Elbert. She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren.

Friends and family will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service, with a Homegoing Celebration to follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory; 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Missouri, 65203, (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

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