Geneva Mae Horstmeier Vance passed away peacefully on January 5, 2024 in the company of a close family friend. She was born in Enid, Oklahoma in May of 1929 to Chester and Iris Horstmeier and raised in Oklahoma City with her sister, Mary Evelyn.
She attended Classen High School in OKC and for her first two years of college she attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. Later she attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Her degree was in education. She married her Junior High sweetheart, Leland Vance in 1952. She taught kindergarten, first grade, and later the second grade before they moved to Texas and Colorado.
She and Leland were married nearly 60 years, resided in Evergreen, Colorado for 47 years before he passed away in 2011. In Evergreen, she was active in the Church of Transfiguration and volunteered for 25 years at Evergreen Christian Outreach. After Leland’s death, Geneva moved to Littleton. She is survived by two daughters: Lisa Clark of Evergreen and Mary Susan Endacott of Huffman, Texas; three grandsons: Kevin, Eric and Jacob; two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
She was a skilled bridge player who loved to laugh, loved to travel, loved to gamble and loved her family dearly. She enjoyed Mexican food, the OU Sooners, the Denver Broncos and her dog, Einstein who preceded her in death. She will be remembered as a fun gal, with an Okie accent, always up for a good joke, always well dressed and always kind.
A service will be planned for the spring at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Denver, followed by a Celebration of Life in Evergreen. Her legacy lives on through the lives she touched and the memories she created.