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At a time when we need it most, there's a little less grace in the world and a lot less fudge. On November 10, 2017, after 86 years of life, love, and laughter, Shirley Dean Vance — our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, friend, and lover of all things chocolate; a person for whom the posted speed limits were mere guidelines; a petite yet fierce competitor who considered parlor games a contact sport; whose last words included "I love you" and "chocolate shake"; and who stayed strong until her kids could get her home — finally let go of this world in preparation for the next, slipping away as peacefully and beautifully as one could imagine.
We suspect Mom was met by her folks and many others including her mother-in-law armed with a half-dozen dresses from Maxine's; her father-in-law quietly making sure no one messed with his Shirley; her sweet sister Jeanne; several close friends who loved Sinatra, dancing, and Scrabble as much as she did; and unless God is looking for trouble, her beloved dogs.
Shirley leaves behind a legacy of hard work and business success, an abiding faith in God, a genuine love of laughter, an inescapable ability to befriend all, and an absolute devotion to her family. Carrying on are husband Steve (known simply as Shirley's husband); sons Doral (Kerry), Steven (Tauni), Clinton (Lori), and Darren (Michael); plus eight grandchildren, eleven (and counting) great-grandchildren; sister Sandra; brother Greg, and hundreds of friends from everywhere.
Whether sending flowers or making a donation to METAvivor Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Support, be sure to get yourself a chocolate shake and remember. And on behalf of Shirley, big thanks to the good people of Advanta Senior Care and Mission Hospice for their professionalism, compassion, and honesty. You are the heroes of today.
Funeral: Saturday, November 18, 2017. Viewing 10:00 a.m., Services 11:30 a.m. The , 38980 Sky Canyon Dr., Murrieta, CA 92563. Interment: Monday, November 20, 2017. Arrive by 9:00 a.m. Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 16, 2017
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