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Vance, Barbara Jane - Orem  
1934 ~ 2016 If you are reading this in the newspaper, it means I have just changed my address to one that is fairly permanent. I was born March 5, 1934, in Salt Lake City, to Reed and Vidella Rushton Vance. I moved to my permanent address on April 24, 2016 following a battle with Parkinson's. I hadn't planned to change addresses so soon, but I had a marvelous trip through mortality, and now I'm continuing to have a ball. I'm the first of five children. Our parents were married late in life and often were closer to the ages of the grandparents of our peers rather than their parents. We homesteaded on Woodland Avenue after my sister, Carolyn, and I drove the residents crazy in the apartment below the one we were living in near downtown Salt Lake City with our running back and forth on the floor of our apartment. We lived in a tent and old trailer, and then built a small bungalow that became the family garage. Then a friend built a house with help from all of us old enough to use a paintbrush or wield a hammer. I attended public school in Salt Lake City, graduated from the University of Utah in 1956, received my MA degree from BYU in 1959, and received my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1967. Though my Ph. D. was in psychotherapy, it served me well as the backbone of my teaching as a faculty member at BYU, San Jose State College, and Tufts University, where I taught child development, child psychology, family enrichment, gerontology, and parenting for 34 years before my early retirement in 1996. I loved teaching college students and working with families and children and older adults during my professorial career. I did my share of writing and publishing books and articles, both during my academic career and during my retirement years. I am survived by siblings: sister, Jennie Carolyn Vance Bennion (Merlin Rex Bennion); brother, Wallace Reed Vance (Judith Ann Pulham); brother, David Rushton Vance (Gloria Jean Van Dyke); and sister, Shauna Vance Riddle (Ronald Dean Riddle); 95 nieces and nephews, and 33 great-nieces and nephews. My family has been my best point of reference for my teaching and writing. I served on the Sunday School General Board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 4 years, numerous department, college, and university committees, and two university advisory boards. I have traveled the world, including notably England, Scotland, Ireland, Egypt, Italy, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, France, Russia, China, Mexico, the Philippines, and Israel. I wonder if I'll still be able to play golf, hike, go for long walks, and plant flower gardens at my new address. I've had my share of aches and pains, but often they were my best blessings. I've lived my life at the top of my lungs, and I don't intend to stop now. On to more adventures. The celebration of my life will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. after a viewing from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N. Orem, UT 84057. Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.walkersanderson.com . In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 27, 2016
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