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Lois Lance

September 9, 1917 — September 11, 2014

Lance, Lois Ann nee Jamieson, age 97, of Royal Oak, formerly of Troy, passed away September 11, 2014. She was born September 9, 1917 in Detroit to the late Arthur and Ann Jamieson. Lois graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1935. After completing the Detroit Business Institute secretarial course she had several secretarial positions in Detroit and Troy. She was a member of the Charter Class of Oakland University when it opened in 1959, and received a certificate of accomplishment as the honored guest of the 2013 Oakland University commencement. For 50 years she studied, wrote about, and taught the history of Royal Oak and Troy to children and adults. She wrote many books including Pathways through Troy, Twigs and Acorns, and Royal Oak Images, as well as numerous booklets about local people, places, and subjects. Lois and her husband Donald owned and operated the Lance Antiques shop in Bayfield, Ontario for over 25 years. Lois had received several awards at the local, state, and national levels including Royal Oak Citizen of the Year and first place in the National Daughters of the American Revolution Hospitality contest. She was active in the Royal Oak Cemetery Committee, the Ezra Parker Chapter of the DAR, she was a docent of the Orson Starr Historical House for 35 years, and co-founder of the Friends of the Almon Starr Historical House. She had been in several nature organizations and a member of the First Baptist Church of Royal Oak for 82 years. Lois counted her greatest achievement as living a happy and interesting life, married to the same man for 64 years and raising three intelligent and talented sons. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald G. Lance d. 2000; loving mother of William C. Susan Lance of Wayland, MA, the late Christopher and Justin Lance; mother-in-law of Rosemary and Mary Lance; dear sister of the late Elizabeth Miller and Malcolm Jamieson; proud grandmother of eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Memorial visitation Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W 11 Mile Road 4 blocks E of Woodward, Royal Oak. Family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service 11 a.m. at Genesis: The Church, 309 N Main Street, Royal Oak. Luncheon to follow at Pasquale's Restaurant in Royal Oak. Inurnment at Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak. Memorials to the Michigan Nature Association or Royal Oak Historical Society are appreciated. Share your memories at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.


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