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Virginia Ann Corey LANCE

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LANCE, Virginia Ann Corey

Virginia Ann Corey Lance, born in La Jolla, California, August 30, 1924, she was the
eldest of the four children of Mary Scripps Corey and William Gardner Corey, and moved to Altadena at three years of age. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Dr. Wm. G. Corey.
Virginia was active in many different endeavors. She was involved with Junior Circle and volunteered at Five Acres. When her children were at Loma Alta Elementary School, Virginia served as PTA President and met Marion Lee Wullschlager. They were best friends from that moment on. Together they owned and operated The Barber Pole, a men's clothing store in Altadena for eleven years, and founded the first Altadena Business Association to encourage commercial undertakings "UP in Altadena!" Virginia and Marion created Altadena's first Old Fashioned Days, a tradition that lasted 30 years. Virginia's other areas of service include leadership positions in the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, and Christmas Tree Lane Association, among many others. In 1972, Virginia and Marion were named Altadena's Citizens of the Year for their commitment to the community.
At age fifty Virginia went into Real Estate and began working for Jim Dickson Realty. Soon after, she earned her broker's license, and founded Lance & Lee Properties with Marion. During her career as a realtor, Virginia continued to be a community activist. She served on numerous committees at Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors. Her favorite committee was Ethics and Grievance, where she excelled by applying her own honest ethics to the profession. In 1994, she was elected President of PFAR, and during this time she was named Realtor & Broker of the Year.
Virginia is survived by her four children: Clifford S. Lance III (Adrienne), Mary Lance Spriestersbach (Bob), Tudor D. Lance (Ceci), and Timothy S. Lance; seven grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren; her sisters Mitzie Lownes, and Sally Karste, and cousin Annie Haynes and many nieces and nephews.
She was larger than life to all who knew her and always spoke her mind. Her honesty and integrity will be missed by her family and many friends.
A "Celebration of Life" Open House will be held at her home: 2919 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, Ca. 91001 on July 28, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A private memorial will be held at a future date. Her family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Convalescent Aids Society, 3255 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, Ca. 91107, or Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 1343 N. Grand Ave., S 100, Covina, Ca. 91724, or The Marion Lee Wullschlager Scholarship Fund c/o Altadena Chamber of Commerce .
Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 1, 2012
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