CLANCE, Ruth RUTH MITCHELL CLANCE Ruth Mitchell Clance of McDonough, Georgia passed away on January 9th, 2014. Ruth was born in Griffin, Georgia, and was a graduate of the prestigious Atlanta Girls' High. She is preceded in death by her husband, Col. Charles L. Clance, a career military officer who was awarded the Purple Heart
during operations in China after World War II. During the time when he was a prisoner of the Communist Chinese on the Long March across Mongolia, Ruth received notice that he was Missing in Action and presumed dead, She had no word of her husband's whereabouts until he was traded in a prisoner exchange in China. She bore this with fortitude. As an Army wife, such equanimity seemed natural to her, and she was instrumental in the success of her husband's career. After Col. Clance's retirement, they returned to the Atlanta area, and Ruth went back to school with her husband, and received an Associate's Degree. Ruth is survived by her son, Charles L. Clance, Jr. of San Francisco, California, her daughters, Liz Clance Preston, of Hawaii, and Dr. Mary Ruth Clance, of Davidsonville, MD. Ruth returned to First National Bank of Atlanta after her husband's retirement, and at her retirement from First National some years later was Vice President for Operations of First National (which later became Wachovia and then Wells Fargo). Ruth is also survived by many family members in Henry County, Georgia, and by her life-long friend, Dr. Sarah Mason, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Ruth and her husband traveled extensively due to her husband's military deployments through World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, in post-war Europe, all over the continental United States, and in Hawaii, at first as a couple and later with their growing family. Yet McDonough, Georgia was a magnet for her, and after her husband retired from the military, they built a wonderful home in Oak Park in McDonough, The Oak Park house was the center for her peripatetic family, and Ruth liked nothing better than to make meals for nieces and nephews and their children, and for her children and grandchildren, whenever they came to visit. For the last several years, Ruth lived with her daughter, Dr. Mary Clance, and son-in-law, Dr. James Beall, in Davidsonville, Maryland, but returned to her home in McDonough when possible. She was loved and respected in life, and is deeply missed in her passing. A memorial service is planned for immediate friends and family at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Stockbridge in mid-July.