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Lois Elaine (Coleman) Vance

The Dickey County Leader of Ellendale, North Dakota

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January 29, 1924 - August 15, 2009

Longtime Spokane, WA resident Lois Elaine Vance died peacefully at her home in the presence of her children on August 15th.

Lois was born in Ellendale, ND to H. Preston and Florence Coleman. She grew up during the Depression but recently said she mostly remembered her fun school activities and family gatherings. She graduated from Ellendale High School in 1942 and attended the State Teachers College in Ellendale, ND where she was the editor of both the campus newspaper and yearbook. After two years at college, she began her teaching career in Edgeley. She returned to school every summer until she obtained her Home Economics degree.

After teaching for a number of years, she moved to Montana and worked for the Montana Power Company. There, she demonstrated electrical appliances to rural customers. By the late 1950's, she moved to Spokane, WA and began a 30-year career with the Mead School District. She was the district's first Kindergarten teacher. After retirement in 1989, she spent her time gardening, traveling and enjoying her grandchildren and pets. She was an avid reader her entire life and always kept up to date on current events. She remained a lifelong member of the Presbyterian-United Methodist church.

Lois is survived by children Dan (Gayle) Vance and Catherine (Bruce) Hagstrom, grandchildren Kristina, Lisa, Holly, and Haley, sister in law Elizabeth Coleman, and nephews John, Dick, and Alan Coleman. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and brother Bob.

A memorial service for the family will be held in Ellendale, ND on September 5th.



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Original Publication Date: September 3, 2009



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