June 7, 1952 ~ May 5, 2012
Katherine went home to be with her Lord Jesus Saturday, May 5, 2012.
A native of Washington, DC, Mrs. Vance was a daughter of the late Morris and Lottie Mae Sansing Lambert. She was a 1974 graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Elementary Education. She then became a certified teacher of Kindergarten through seventh grades.
Early in their marriage, she and her husband, VA Chaplain Garland Vance, fostered 42 children and teens.
Mrs. Vance taught for 15 years at Merrimon Christian School and at Asheville Christian Academy for seven years. She invested her life in educating children, not just in the practical matters of learning, but in the greater values of preparing them to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, and to grow up loving Him.
She was a member of New Life Community Church where she loved facilitating women's Bible studies; and she served as a keynote speaker at a number of women's conferences.
Following her retirement from teaching, she enjoyed working with the staff and customers at Parkers' Karat Patch Jewelers. She also spent these years enjoying her wonderful and nearly perfect grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Garland Vance, her family includes a son, Garland Bryant Vance and wife Dorothy, and their three children, Calvin, Sophie and Toby, all of Rome, GA, a sister, Johnnie Butler and husband, John, of Richmond, VA; a mother-in-law, Mary Vance; two sisters-in-law, Mary M. Lewis and Charlene Worthy. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Mrs. Vance will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Green Hills Cemetery. The Revs. Barry Morgan, PhD, Steve Harris, D.Min. and Daniel Dockery, D.Min. will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asheville Christian Academy Scholarship Fund, 74 Riverwood Road, Swannanoa, NC 28778, or to the Hope Chest - A Cancer Center for Women, PO Box 16948, Asheville, NC 28816.