September 22, 1942 ~ July 24, 2020

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Nancy Lee Lance, 77, of Arden, died Friday, July 24, 2020 at Mission Hospital.

A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of Gladys Redmond Branks, of Fletcher and of the late Walter Lee Branks.

In addition to her mother, Nancy is survived by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Coy Joe Lance; one daughter, Tammy Riebell (Robert); one son, Douglas Lance (Tammy); one sister, Pat Clark; five grandchildren, Heather Miller, Jeremy Lance, Tim Lance, Brittney Lance and Brad Lance; four great-grandchildren, Hunter Miller, Hayley Miller, Jordan Riebell and Kileigh Lewis, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, July 28 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Nancy will lie in state at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Tuesday from 12:00 PM until 2:45 PM, at which time you may sign the guest book and pay respects. Face coverings are required at the funeral home.

Flowers are appreciated, but for those who choose, memorial donations may be made in Nancy’s name to your local Humane Society.


For those who wish to pay their respects: July 28, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Graveside Service: July 28, 2020 4:00 pm

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
Overlook Road
Asheville, NC 28803


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Nancy Lee Lance's name.

Asheville Humane Society

14 Forever Friend Lane
Asheville, NC 28806

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  1. I only met this woman one time; but remember it well. She loved Jeremy and he was headed on a college trip with our business club; she just wanted me to know I was driving precious cargo. A lovely spirit. I’m so sorry for this loss and am praying peace and comfort for the family.

  2. Jeremy, I am so sorry for your loss. It seems you had this wonderful lady in your life who brought you a lot of happiness, as I’m sure you did for her. God bless you, and may your memories sustain you during this time.

  3. My dear sweet cousin, I always had fun with you growing up together. You will be sadly missed. Joby my prayers are with you and your family.


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