Venice Garland Lance

venice lance

July 27, 1931 ~ November 10, 2021

Born in: Tuckasegee, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Venice Garland Lance, 90, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother died Wednesday, November 10, 2021. She was the daughter of Grace Holder Garland and Clyde Garland of Robbinsville, North Carolina.

Venice was a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville (B.S.)(M.Ed.). She began her teaching career in 1950 at Barnardsville High School where she met her beloved husband Gilbert Lance and went on to teach science and home economics at David Millard, Asheville High and South French Broad. Later she served as counselor for the Asheville City Schools Optional School. Retiring from Asheville City Schools, she spent 36 years inspiring and mentoring countless students. Her family and their activities were the central focus of her life and the most significant source of interest and enjoyment.

She is survived by her sons, Derek (Nancy) and Shane; grandchildren, Jonathon (Leslie), Carianne (David), Caitlyn (Bryan), and Will; and great-grandchildren, Ian, Asher, Arthur, Lydia, Lillian, and Elinor Ruth.

The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to Four Seasons Hospice and Life Care Hendersonville for their compassionate and professional care.

Venice was actively devoted to the Ruth Davidson Chapter of DAR and was honored to have served as Chapter Recording Secretary and Chapter Regent. The family requests that any memorials be donated to either the Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville or First Baptist Church of Asheville in lieu of flowers.

A memorial service will be held at Asheville First Baptist Church Chapel on Friday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m.


Memorial Service: November 19, 2021 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

First Baptist Church of Asheville
5 Oak Street
Asheville, NC 28801


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Mrs. Lance was my Teacher (note the capital T) for home ec and science at David Millard. Science was the period right after home ec, in the next room. One day at the end of home ec., a classmate discovered to her horror that her kotex had leaked onto her dress. Mrs. Lance took control of the situation…while we washed out and ironed dry the dress, she sent the boys of the science class on a mission, carrying a table to the shop class, at the other end of the building. We girls were all nicely seated in science when they returned, none the wiser for all the excitement that had occurred in their absence. That was when I learned that teachers were actually people, and that your mother was one of the best ever. I have never forgotten her kindness.

  2. Derek and Shane, so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your families.

  3. I am so sorry to learn of Venice passing away. Enjoyed my talks with her and sharing of genealogy finds. Thoughts and condolences to her family.

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