Mary Kathryn Lance was a woman of love, joy and generosity. She was born December 18, 1934 in Newton, Kansas, and died May 7, 2018 in Danville, California. She grew up in Houston, Texas, attending Lamar High school, and then the University of Texas, studying Early Childhood Education. She moved to California in her early 20s as a flight attendant with Pan American Airlines. She also modeled for John Robert Powers agency and taught nursery school.
She met the love of her life, Ron Lance, at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and they were married February 14, 1960. They raised their three children in Pinole and El Cerrito, California. Kathy was always involved in Bible study, from the initial group of Bible Study Fellowship in the 1960s to her Focused Living Group this year. Kathy was dedicated to telling children about God, and founded and led both the Early Childhood Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Richmond, and First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. She led young mother groups, mentoring many young women. Both she and Ron had a passion for youth, and for 55 years were involved in and supported Young Life, an international Christian group that reaches out to young people. Kathy also ran Old ‘n Oak antiques in El Cerrito.
After retirement, she and Ron moved to Monument, Colorado for 17 years. There they had a ministry of hospitality, hosting hundreds of people, from ministers on furlough to Air Force Academy cadets. Kathy and Ron volunteered with Focus on the Family and continued their involvement with Young Life at the local high school. They moved back to California in 2010, and after Ron’s death in 2015, Kathy began a prayer ministry, spending hours every day praying for individuals God had placed on her heart.
Kathy made everyone feel like they were her best friend. She reached out to strangers, invited people into her home, and cultivated the best in each person she met. She created and supported strong female communities, from the Titus Two group in Colorado to her book club in Danville. Her guiding principle was that her life would be used by God, and she was spreading her own brand of joy, humor and love up to her very last day.
Survivors include Laura and Steve Hampton and her three children Kate, Madeline and John David Phillips; Cindy Hildebrand and her children Mary Elizabeth and Anna; David and Lorena Lance and their daughter Sabrina; and brother-in-law Darrell H. Lance. She is also survived by her brothers John Orr and Jim Orr. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents William and Naomi Orr, her brother Bill Orr, her son-in-law James Hildebrand, and her husband, Ronald Lance.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, caregivers and doctors at San Ramon Regional Hospital and Danville Acute Rehab for their extraordinary and loving care of our mother.
A memorial service will be held for Kathy on Friday, June 8 at 3 pm at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, California.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to:
North Springs | Monument Young Life
PO Box 854 Monument, CO 80132
Attn: Gift Planning Department
12290 Voyager Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80921