Jimmie Lillian Wilson Vance, 81, of Lonsdale, was born November 9, 1932, to James Daniel and Lillian Gertrude Peeler Wilson in Peeler Bend of Saline County. She was the ninth of ten children born to the couple. She was only four years old when her poppa died leaving her mother with ten children. Jimmie died May 15, 2014, in Hot Springs after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She began working as a young teenager in one of Benton’s cafes where she met Willie Doyle Vance, and they married November 5, 1949. In about 1966, she began working as a clerk at Harris’ Shoe Store in Benton. Jimmie became a member of Owensville Baptist Church and the Owensville Extension Club when she and Willie moved to Owensville after their retirement. A friend called her “the Martha Stewart of Owensville” as she could make something out of anything and loved cooking and showing others how to make quilts, pies, cakes, and chicken and dumplings.
She was predeceased by her parents; her stepfather Samuel Nalley; her brothers James David, Roland Lee, and Martin Rudolph Wilson; her sisters Shirley Langley, Eara Ellen Wilson, Vera Ann Taylor, and Violet Wilson; and her granddaughter, Denise Denison.
Jimmie is survived by her daughter Patti Vance Hays and her husband David of Hot Springs and her son John Vance and his wife Dorcas of Owensville; grandchildren Lauri Denison McAdory of Benton and Justin Vance and his wife Rachel of Seattle, Washington; great-grandchildren Drew McAdory of Benton and Olivia “Libby” Rosenthal of Hot Springs; sisters Irene Kane and Mary Lou Weise of Benton and her half-brother Sam Nalley of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, at Ashby Funeral Home with burial following at Owensville Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Owensville Cemetery Association, 18410 Highway 5, Lonsdale, AR 72087 or Saline County History and Heritage Society, 123 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015.
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