Born to Ronald and Lydia Gladbach, Vanessa is the youngest of three children raised in the small town of Mendon, Missouri.
She graduated from Northwestern High School, Mendon and went on to earn her Associates of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois.
Prior to moving to Vinita she worked as a licensed substitute teacher in the Mendon area. She has been employed with Luginbuel Funeral Home since May 2008. She married Gary Morrison on March 16, 2013. They are members of the First Christian Church of Vinita.