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October 17, 1936 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Lois Ruth Vance, the daughter of Jake and Katy (Yelken) Berdine, was born October 17, 1936 at Lincoln, Nebraska. She departed this life on February 1, 2024, at the Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud at the age of 87 years, 3 months and 14 days.
Lois grew up in Franklin, Nebraska and graduated from the Franklin High School with the class of 1954. She continued her formal education attending summer school at Kearney State College, receiving her certificate in Normal Training and became a teacher in a country school south of Macon, Nebraska for two years. Lois then went to work with the Franklin newspaper and later moved to Lincoln where she was employed with Commonwealth Bank.
On August 31, 1958, Lois was united in marriage with Boyd Vance at the Methodist Church in Macon. They moved to Roswell, New Mexico while Boyd was serving his country with the United States Air Force. Lois worked for the Roswell Daily Hub in the advertising department. While they were living in Roswell, their daughter, Teresa, was born. In January of 1961, they returned to Red Cloud to farm just north of town, where they made their home for the next sixty years. In February of 1961, their son, Spencer, was born and in June of 1969, Jeff was born.
Lois was always deeply committed and involved in her community. For many years she ran the office at the Red Cloud Sale Barn. After she and Boyd sold their dairy herd, she went to work with Bill Elliott’s Greyhound Kennels and worked with him in various capacities for over fifteen years. Lois was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and Methodist Women. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was always enthusiastically involved in their many activities including swim team, various concession stands and their baseball games. An excellent homemaker, seamstress and baker, she will be fondly remembered for her pies and cinnamon rolls. Her love for her family was immeasurable and she especially looked forward to holidays and special family events.
Surviving are her husband, Boyd; daughter, Teresa and Tom Egli of Nevada, Iowa; sons, Spencer and Randi of Ankeny, Iowa, and Jeff and Lori of Kearney, Nebraska; 6 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; a sister, Rose Marie Deisley; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 am. February 5, 2024, at the First United Methodist Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Dale Thiele officiating. Interment will be at the Red Cloud Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm with the family present from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, and Monday, 8:00 am to service time at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the First United Methodist Church or Cherry Corner.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970