Jessica Ladd Obituary, Death – Thirty-year-old Jessica Margaret Ladd went to be with the Lord on January 20, 2023. Jessi’s parents, Robert K. Ladd Sr. and Lisa (Rennau) Ladd welcomed her into the world on May 13, 1992, in Kansas City, Missouri. After finishing elementary school at Our Lady of the Presentation, she continued her education at Ray-Pec for both middle and high school. She continued her education at Longview Community College receiving her Associate’s Degree in 2014 and going on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child and Family Development from the University of Central Missouri in 2017.
Her smile and laughter could brighten up any room, and Jessi’s laughter was contagious. Her genuine selflessness exemplified the Christian values upon which her upbringing had been based. Jessi beat pediatric brain cancer when she was 8 years old, just one of many challenges she overcame. Rather than seeing her difficulties as obstacles, she saw them as adventures.
She was a lucky camper to spend her summer at Camp Quality Northwest Missouri. After having such a wonderful time at camp, she eagerly accepted a position as a volunteer there. Jess felt deeply for other children who had to deal with the same difficulties she had. Her passion was the driving force to start fundraisers for Camp Quality each year, to help ensure that other kids who found themselves facing cancer would have the positive experience she did.
In the summer of 2020, she began dating the love of her life who would become her fiancé, Mat Williams. Jess and Mat lived a low-key lifestyle, enjoying activities like occasional antiquing and fulfilling their bargain that Jessi would teach Mat how to swim if he would accompany her on ghost adventures.
The days spent dozing on the couch watching movies were their favorites. Jessi enjoyed spending time with her large, boisterous family, whether it was watching the Chiefs win with her dad, making unique desserts with her mom, having mystery dinners with her grandmother, going shopping with her sisters, listening to her brother play the guitar, or spending time with her nieces and nephews, who affectionately called her “Aunt Ironfist.” Certainly, she will be missed, but not forgotten.
Sisters Virginia “Ginny” Worstell (Ethan) and Stacey Montgomery (Buddy) and nephews and nieces Caleb Montgomery (Marriah), Alexis Montgomery, Jasmine Brown, Hadley Worstell, Madison Montgomery, Mackayla Montgomery, Brayden Worstell, Makenzie Brown, Rylan Ladd survive her, in addition to her grandparents Margaret Rennau (Donovan) and Bob and Lisa Ladd. Her fiance Mat Williams also Robert Rennau Jr. (Lupe), Mark Rennau (Amy), Karen Schultz (Scott), Cindy Shubert, godmother Andrea Donigan, best friend Brooke fuller, and a plethora of cousins, aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends.
Jessi owes an enormous debt of gratitude to her best friend and spiritual guide, Brooke Fuller. She now rests with her ancestors, her great-grandparents. Family: Robert Rennau Sr., Ramona Round, Glenn and Harriet Ladd, Robert Rennau Jr. and Ruth Ann Ladd, Michael Rennau, Michael Knoth, and Glenn “Butch” Ladd Jr. and Ruth Ann Ladd Ladd cousins, Mark and Ali. Our Lady of Presentation Church, 130 NW Murray Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081, will host a visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on January 25, 2023, followed by a Mass at 11:00 am. In memory of Jessica Ladd, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Camp Quality Northwest Missouri.
Checks should be made to Robert Ladd Sr. and deposited into our account at Community Bank of Pleasant Hill; alternatively, you can donate via Venmo to @jessis-jam or send a check or PayPal payment to Camp Quality in Jessi’s name using the information or link provided below. I appreciate it. Mail your donations to Camp Quality Northwest Missouri C/O Camp Quality Northwest Missouri 1325 Village Drive Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506 In Memory of Jessica Ladd