Obituary: Vance, Lillian Judith



Vance, Lillian Judith

Lillian Judith Vance (Judy) 80, of Imperial passed away December 18, 2016 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

A celebration of life was held at the Imperial Community Complex on December 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Judy was born in Saskatoon to Alice and Harry Holt on October 18, 1936. She was the youngest of two girls. Judy went to school at Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon and graduated in 1954. During her high school years, Judy played basketball. She went on to play for Saskatoon’s Adilman Aces. They won the Canadian Championship and Judy was the only Ace’s player to be named to the All-Star Team. She was part of the team that played at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago. The team was inducted into the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1987. Judy also worked for the Red Cross from 1955 until 1963 and travelled all over the province with them.

She met Stanley Vance in 1959 and they were married on July 2, 1960. They moved down to the family farm in Imperial in 1964 and later bought their own farm in 1968, where they lived and raised their children. Judy was very involved in all the farming activities as well as many different organizations within the community. She and Stanley had many great friends. Once the children were grown, Judy and Stanley spent their winters at Trails End Trailer Park in Weslaco, Texas, where they made many great and lasting friendships. Judy enjoyed gardening, her flowers, hunting, ice fishing, curling, golfing, shuffling, puzzles, painting, crosswords, old western movies, CSI, game shows, reading, playing poker, cribbage, farming, and most of all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Judy is predeceased by both her parents Alice and Harry, and her husband Stanley.

Judy is survived by her sister Bea (Larry) Rose; her children, Becky (Norman) Lucas, Jody Vance, Penny (Dean) McCallum, Sheldon (Lisa) Vance; her grandchildren, Joslin (Denny) Freeman, Jessica Lucas, Stephanie McCallum, Kelsey (Ryan) Unruh, Jenessa Vance, Hailey McCallum, Cooper Vance, Sydney Vance; great-grandchildren, Kayden, Rylan, Paityn and Kylee. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. For online condolences, tributes or to make a donation in her memory please visit

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