Dorothy Claudine Vance
Apr. 24, 1907 - Aug. 23, 2003
Dorothy C. Vance, 96, of South Bend, Ind., passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Ironwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born April 24, 1907, in Mishawaka, Ind., to the late Edward and Zoe Ella Carpenter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Vance; a sister, Mrs. Fawn Ludlow; and by three brothers, Edward, Richard and Donald Carpenter.
She is survived by her brother, Buddie Carpenter, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
For 59 years, Dorothy lived on a farm just west of South Bend. She had no children, but she virtually adopted all of the family's nieces and nephews. The farm became a gathering place for the entire family. Her dinners and pool parties were legendary. She loved gardening and worked side by side with her husband, farming the land that she enjoyed so much. She lived an exemplary life, she was always the first one to help anyone who was in need. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the funeral chapel.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play,
I've found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times,
A loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free.
Published in the South Bend Tribune on August 25, 2003.
South Bend Tribune