The Edmond Sun

Obituaries

October 15, 2012

Carolyn Campbell Vance

EDMOND —     Carolyn Campbell Vance was born April 16, 1924 in Pawhuska, Okla. She deeply loved the people and plains of Osage County, perhaps her favorite place on earth even during the Dust Bowl days, though she traveled far and wide during her blessed life.

    During high school, the Campbell clan moved to Arlington, Va., where Carolyn graduated from Washington-Lee High School and where her mother also taught math and served as a school leader. At Randolph Macon Women’s College, where she graduated in 1947, she transformed herself into a prototypical southern lady well-versed in the social graces.

    She was drawn back to Oklahoma and Tulsa, beginning her brief professional career with Shell Oil Company. Though a beautiful and independent young woman, it was primarily an engaging personality and intelligence that attracted the love of her life, Mike Vance, a Kansas geologist whom she married in 1951. The couple followed Mike’s professional opportunities in the oil and gas business to Durango, Colo., Evansville, Indiana and then Tulsa, adding three baby boys — Mark, John and Brian — along the way.

    After a few years in Oklahoma City, Carolyn supported Mike as he branched out on his own in partnership with good friend Milton Deason, moving to their eventual home of Edmond for the final 48 years of her life.  She blossomed as an active leader in a community just then experiencing exponential growth.

    Whether it was her sons’ schools, Scouts, peewee baseball, summer camps, volunteering, or her church — First Presby-terian, of which she was enormously proud — Carolyn was actively involved. At First Presbyterian, perhaps more than anything, she loved singing in the choir. Many will attest that she had a beautiful singing voice, which she also used often while doing chores around the home. Other than her family and church and substantial accomplishments on countless associations, organizations and committees, she was perhaps most proud of her role in founding Edmond’s Mobile Meals program, which recently served its 500,000th hot, home-delivered meal to elderly citizens and other Edmondites in need.

    Carolyn is survived by her sons, John and Brian; daughters-in-law, Vicky Vance, Jami Vance, and Stacy Vance; grandchildren Megan Ochs, Garrett Vance, Derek Vance, Kristen Vance, Caroline Vance, Caitlin Vance, Sydney Vance, Annie Workman Coots, and J.B. Workman,; six great-grandchildren; three great-great- grandchildren; and her faithful companion, Walker.

    She is preceded in death by her parents John Brooks and Mary Dyer Campbell; her three brothers Jim, Jack, and Tom; husband M.L. “Mike” Vance, and her dear son Mark.

    A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday October 16, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mobile Meals of Edmond or another charity of choice.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Whitehead upload.jpg Monroe Clifton Whitehead

        Monroe Clifton Whitehead, 100, was born November 3, 1913, in Pauls Valley, Okla., to parents William Curtis and Eddie Lee (Ward) Whitehead and passed away April 10, 2014, in Edmond, Okla.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hazel Roberts upload.jpg Hazel Elizabeth Roberts

        Roberts, Hazel Elizabeth (Berrey) passed on to her Lord and Savior on April 10, 2014.  She was born on the 30th day of November, 1921, to Dr. Leo A. and Eudora (Moore) Berrey, in DeRidder, La.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pearson upload.jpg Bobbie Ann Pearson

        Bobbie Ann Pearson, 59, passed away April 8, 2014. She was born October 3, 1954 in Boise City, Okla., to Bob and Charlene Spence.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ahrend upload.jpg Wilma G. Ahrend

        Our dear mother was just passing through this lifetime on a journey to see her savior. She devoted many hours to the study of God’s Word in worship and praise for Him.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barton upload.jpg Robert William Barton

        Robert (Bob) William Barton, 67, of Denton, Texas, formerly of Edmond, Okla., was born April 2, 1947 in Dallas, Texas to Kenneth and Doris Barton and passed away, with his family by his side, on Sunday April 6, 2014 in Denton.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jane Arrington upload.jpg Jane Arrington

        Celebration of Life Services for Jane Arrington, 80, of Canadian, Texas, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Canadian with the Rev. Travis Allen and Rev. Sydne Allen, co-officiating.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elizabeth Cornelius upload.jpg Elizabeth L. Nelson Cornelius

        Elizabeth L. (Beth) Nelson Cornelius, 34, of Edmond, Okla., was born February 12, 1980 to Doug and Kathy Nelson in Edmond.  She attended Edmond Public Schools and graduated from Edmond Memorial.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gary Lee Niederschmidt

        Gary Lee Niederschmidt, 69, passed away on April 7, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was born on May 17, 1944 in Lincoln, Neb., to Dorothy Jean and Arnold H. Niederschmidt.

    April 9, 2014

  • Sydney Couch upload.jpg Sydney D’Ann Couch

        Sydney D’Ann Couch, 62, of Edmond, Okla., formerly of Amarillo, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Helen Reddic upload.jpg Helen Louise Reddick

        Helen Louise Reddick, 71, of Edmond, Okla., was born April 18, 1942 in Erwin, Tenn. to Ezra and Bertha (Parter) Hensley. She passed away April 6, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo