Heather A. Latham

Heather A. Latham, 68, Independence, MO, passed away on December 12, 2013. Heather was a lifelong resident of Independence  and had been employed in the past by Ann Smith, Auctioneer; Nature’s Niche, and Reveill  Hardware.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Russell Latham.

Heather was an avid collector of many things, elephants, dolls, buttons and bears to name a few. She was also a talented artist and was known for the many bears she created for her family and friends.

She is survived by daughters, Florence Latham and Natalie (Korey) West; son, Brian Latham; and grandchildren, Jesse, Chelsea, Jennifer, Dillon and Zander. Also, great-grandchildren, Kaedyn, Roland, Cora and Alyson.

A celebration of Heather’s life will be held from noon to 4:00pm, on December 22, 2013 at the home of her daughter, at 2013 SW 5th St., Blue Springs, MO  64014.


  1. Natalie West on December 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    A Mother’s Crown
    Heaven lit up with a mighty presence,
    as the Angels all looked down.
    Today the Lord was placing the jewels
    Into my mother’s crown.

    He held up a golden crown,
    as my darling mother looked on.
    He said in His gentle voice,
    ‘I will now explain each one.’

    ‘The first gem,’ He said, ‘is a Ruby,
    and it’s for endurance alone,
    for all the nights you waited up
    for your children to come home.’

    ‘For all the nights by their bedside,
    you stayed till the fever went down.
    For nursing every little wound,
    I add this ruby to your crown.’

    ‘An emerald, I’ll place by the ruby,
    for leading your child in the right way.
    For teaching them the lessons,
    That made them who they are today.’

    ‘For always being right there,
    through all life’s important events.
    I give you a sapphire stone,
    for the time and love you spent.’

    ‘For untying the strings that held them,
    when they grew up and left home.
    I give you this one for courage.’
    Then the Lord added a garnet stone.

    ‘I’ll place a stone of amethyst,’ He said.
    ‘For all the times you spent on your knees,
    when you asked if I’d take care of your children,
    and then for having faith in Me.’

    ‘I have a pearl for every little sacrifice
    that you made without them knowing.
    For all the times you went without,
    to keep them happy, healthy and growing.’

    ‘And last of all I have a diamond,
    the greatest one of all,
    for sharing unconditional love
    whether they were big or small.’

    ‘It was your love that helped them grow
    Feeling safe and happy and proud
    A love so strong and pure
    It could shift the darkest cloud.’

    After the Lord placed the last jewel in,
    He said, ‘Your crown is now complete,
    You’ve earned your place in Heaven
    With your children at your feet.’
    A Mother’s Crown – By Author Unknown

  2. Natalie West on December 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I’m so thankful that she lives in all our hearts among many the wonderful happy memories we have of her. You were all dear to her and she is up there smiling down on us. xo

  3. Anne Smith on December 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Teddy bears, Elephants, Treasures, Oh my! To my sweet, treasured friend Heather. You are loved dearly, not only by your family, but so many, many others. I will never, ever forget the good times, hard work, your dedication and superb teaching, your caring attitude and so much laugher! The fun and good times you, Pat, and I encountered, stand at the forefront of favorite memories. God has you in his care. May He give comfort and peace to your beloved children and family. And, may He give all of our hearts rest from the grief we share, in the loss of our precious Heather. Love and prayers, always…

  4. Steve and Viva Ware on December 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are wish you in the days ahead. Old memories of the times we spent with your mother and grandparents are very special to us, whether it was playing pinochle, having swimming parties at Aunt Ruth’s, deck parties or just hanging out together at each other’s house. Your mother was like another sister to me and is very dear to the both of us. She will be missed. Love to the all of you.

  5. Kathy Weddle on December 17, 2013 at 1:35 am

    That she was such a wonderfully unique person in this world is evidenced by the children she raised, one of which is my good friend Nat. I love you, praying for you.

  6. Melissa Wells on December 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    That was absolutely beautiful Natalie. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your beautiful Moma is with our Lord. God be with each of you and may he hold you and keep you in His everlasting arms until we meet again. “Look to the hills”

  7. Ron Ware Sr. on December 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    God Bless You and Yours! My thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow and grief are with you all!!! Anything I can do, I will! Love you guys!!

  8. Natalie West on December 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Last Fight
    © Lorna Ferguson
    A face that is always on my mind,
    A smile I have seen a million times,
    Two eyes that would light up the sky at night,

    One last battle you could not fight,
    The day was long, then night then morn.
    I knew that soon you would be gone,
    I clasped your hand so warm in mine,
    Soon we would be out of time,

    To stay with us you fought so hard,
    A million pieces went my heart,
    Now a photo I look at to see your smile,

    I keep your number on my speed dial,
    A video I watch to hear your voice,
    This I do… I have no choice,
    But great memories I will always keep with me,

    Your love in my heart for eternity,
    I unwillingly had to say goodbye,
    To understand why, I can but try,
    Waiting in heaven from this moment on,
    ‘Till God asks you to bring me home…

  9. Natalie West on December 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    My mother leaves behind a legacy of love, she was one of the kindest, most generous people I knew. Although she left this earth too soon, I am thankful for the time I had with her and know that she safe in the arms of our heavenly father now.

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