Marie M. Vance, 88 of Independence, Missouri, passed away, Thursday, August 25, 2011. 

Marie M. Vance, 88 of Independence, Missouri, passed away, Thursday, August 25, 2011.  

Services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th Street, Independence, MO 64055.  

The family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday evening at the chapel.  

Donations may be made, in her name, to the St. Matthews United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2415 RD Mize Rd., Independence, MO 64057, or in her daughter, Kathy Gillis’ name to the National Marfan Foundation,  22 Manhasset Avenue, Port Washington, NY  11050.  

Marie was born September 25, 1922, in Levasy, Missouri, to August H. and Ella K. (Ripperger) Sehrt.  Marie met and later married Bill B. Vance on February 21, 1941.  After Bill returned from the service in 1945, they spent 2 years in Carthage, MO, before moving to Independence, where they spent the rest of their lives.  She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker until their daughter, Kathy, was in Jr. High school, where she was active in the PTA and the DeKalb School.  She then joined the workforce and held two jobs, before going to work at Western Electric, where she retired in 1984 after 20 years of service.  Marie was a charter member of the St. Matthews United Methodist Church where she was an active member and held many offices and did volunteer work for various organizations.  She was also a member of AARP and the Telephone Pioneers Club.  

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara McCurdy of Independence, MO; a son, Billy Vance of Concord, NC; 7 grandchildren, Michele Dunlap, Joetta Scott, David Dunlap, Michael Dunlap, Billy Bob Vance, Tracy Hernandez and Stephanie Stephenson; 5 great- grandchildren, Bret Hernandez, Tony Hernandez, Jason Dunlap, Zachary Lee and Brandon Ramos; 3 great-great-grandchildren, Owen Hernandez, Remi Hernandez and Hunter Dunlap; and her special friend, Althea Martin.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Vance, on January 30, 1989; her daughter, Kathy Gillis on August 26, 1990; a brother, Alvin Sehrt; and 2 sisters, Agnes and Verna.  

The family wishes to express their thanks to Jane Dunlap, Shantic and Maryanna of Integrity Home Care and the staff at Crossroads Hospice for their care in Marie’s final days.

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Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, (816)373-3600.