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Kathleen Vance

Services will be held for Kathleen “Kay” Vance at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City. A celebration of life will follow at Seaman Lodge, Pioneer Park, Nevada City.

Mrs. Vance died Oct. 3. She was 92.

Mrs. Vance was born Jan. 23, 1915, in LeQuire, Okla. During the depression, her family moved to a 160-acre farm in Arkansas, where Mrs. Vance graduated from Charleston High School and joined the National Youth Administration.



Between 1940 and 1942, she was married to Louis Hudson, with whom she had her first daughter, Phyllis.

In January 1944, she married Robert “Bob” Vance, a soldier she met while working at the Fort Chaffee Army Post Exchange.




In 1946, the family moved to North Columbia and opened Bob and Kay’s grocery, bar and gas station. Later, they bought the Spring Creek Lumber Company saw mill partnership in Columbia Hill.

Mrs. Vance played piano in various bands at Peterson’s Corner, the Gold Nugget Inn and other venues.

During the 1960s and ’70s, the Vances lived in Oregon but spent many summers in California. After 19 years, they retired to Grass Valley. In 2002, Mrs. Vance moved to Sacramento to live with her daughter, Linda.

Those who knew her remember her love of family, leadership, humor and wisdom.

Mrs. Vance is survived by daughters Phyllis Hess, Sharlene Jackson and Linda Bennett; siblings Adrian Kaylor, Wilma Culberson and Louise Reynolds; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Vance, in 1990.


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