The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 16, 2013

Wanda Beth Vance

Published 3-16-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Services for Wanda Beth Vance, 88, of Hillsdale, Okla., will begin with a graveside service at 9:30 a.m. today, March 16, at Memorial Park Cemetery just north of Enid and followed by memorial services at 10:30 a.m. at Hillsdale Bible Church with Dr. Robert Courtney officiating. Service is under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

Wanda was born April 17, 1924, to Everett & Beulah (Hoffsommer) Horton on the farm three miles north of Hillsdale, Okla., where she lived until her father’s death in 1929 and from 1946 to present and passed away peacefully Thursday, March 14, 2013, at home.

She graduated from Enid High School class of 1942 and attended Phillips University.

She was united in marriage to Joe Vance on June 3, 1944.

Mrs. Vance was a homemaker, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She worked as secretary to Phillips University Dean Shirley, Champlin Refinery, Hillsdale School, and was office manager for Dick Bell insurance for 16 years.

Upon retirement she became an accomplished artist and sold her watercolor paintings across Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, etc. She enjoyed teaching art at home and at Hillsdale Christian School and was an active member of Hillsdale Bible Church where she served as deaconess, SS teacher, superintendent and president of Ladies Missionary Society.

She is survived by her husband, Joe of 68 years, two sons and their wives, Terry Lynn and wife Terry Dee of Minneapolis, Minn. and Tommy Joe and wife Diane of Montgomery, Texas; seven grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; and sister, Elva Rose Smith of San Antonio, Texas.   

She is predeceased by her parents, brother, Loren Horton, and daughter, Jane Ford Copeland.

The Vance family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to dear friends, community members, and caregivers who were such a support in our time of need.

Memorials may be made to Hillsdale Bible Church or Hillsdale Christian School. Condolences may be given online at

(Submitted by family)