Erma Elaine Mallett of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away peacefully at Kansas City Hospice on February 26th, 2022, surrounded by her family and loving husband of 67 years, Charles Mallett. She spent her 87 years in service to her Lord and all those around her and will be deeply and profoundly missed.
Erma was born Erma Heacock in Lewis, Kansas to Willard and Florence Heacock. She grew up on a farm and learned from a young age how to be a hard worker, which continued all through her life. She worked at a men’s clothing store and a bank as a bookkeeper to help support her family. During a trip to Kansas City for a Bible study, she stayed with Mary Murkin, who asked her if she would like to write to her nephew, who was in the service up in Alaska. She did so, and when they finally met in person a couple years later, Charles proposed the first day they were together. They married on September 5, 1954, and made Kansas City their home, even though through their years of marriage, Charles’ work would take them all over the country. Erma and Charles were blessed with three children, Connie, Mark and Carla. As they were raising their biological children, Charles and Erma also took in David and Angela as small children, to add to their family, and later adopted them. They settled their family in Lee’s Summit, MO where Erma made their home a welcoming place to all, hosting Sunday dinner every week, friends who could be found laughing over her dining room table, many gatherings of teenagers for games and pool parties, and eventually grandchildren for spoiling.
Erma was a loving and dedicated mother and wife. She spent hours sewing clothing for the entire family. Many of her grandchildren wore items that Erma lovingly created for them or wrapped up in blankets that she crocheted. She would take care of everything for the household when Charles was away working, and spent much time traveling with him so they could be together wherever he was working. She was an industrious worker, helping run the family flower shop for a while, working as a real estate agent, volunteering at schools and on the board at Raintree Lake where they lived for many years, and spending many years doing wedding dress alteration at Margie’s Bridal in Greenwood, MO. She rode along with Charles when he spent some of his retirement delivering flowers. When her grandchildren and great grandchildren came along, she was always available to spend time with them, no matter what else was going on. Erma attended every grandparents’ day, ball game, musical concert, and other events that her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren participated in for as long as she could.
Erma’s influence stretched far beyond her family. She was a faithful member of the church of Christ throughout her entire life, including the Gregory Boulevard congregation, and helped establish the Smart Road congregation. Erma was an example to all and the unofficial grandma to everyone in her later years. She taught children’s classes and encouraged generations of young women and mothers. Although she had many tragedies happen in her life, like the loss of her son Mark in an accident and a devastating house fire, Erma was a woman of strength, and shared that strength with all around her.
Erma is preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Florence Heacock, her brother Laverne Heacock, her son Mark Mallett, and her grandson Jeremy Flippin. She is survived by her husband Charles Mallett, her sister Roberta Droste, her brother Gary Heacock, her children: Connie and husband Mark Hinton, Carla and husband David Jammes, Melinda and Gerald Clevenger, Angela Weaver, David Mallett; grandchildren Katie and husband Andy Anderson, Adam and wife Tara Clevenger, Justin Flippin, Emily and husband Alex Lane, Hannah and husband Jonathan Moseley; Kelly Larcom, Allen Johnson, Derrick Tucker, Gary Tucker; great-grandchildren Camden, Wrigley, Griffey, Fenway, Crosley, and Shea Anderson; Henry, Harrison, Holden and Hayes Clevenger; Asher, Edmund, and Violet Lane; and numerous other family and friends.
The funeral will be held at church of Christ on Smart Road 13015 Smart Road, Lee’s Summit, MO on Friday, March 4th, with the visitation from 9-11 and the funeral at 11. Burial will be immediately following at Floral Hills East.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.