Barbara June Lance passed away at her home in Kansas City North on January 25, 2015 after a long struggle with dementia. She was born on April 18, 1927 to William Henry and Lavern Daisy (nee MacKenzie) Ketsdever.
Barbara graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland, CA where she was the editor of the school newspaper. After graduation, she worked for a Chinese newspaper in San Francisco during WWII. She later worked for Transocean Airlines where she met the love of her life, Joseph “Skip” Lance. They were married on November 3, 1946 in Oakland, CA and they remained blissfully happy until his passing in 1986.
In 1963, they moved to the San Fernando Valley where Barbara worked as the secretary for the United Methodist Church. In 1972, Skip was transferred to Kansas City, MO and the couple moved to The Coves in Kansas City’s northland. Barbara worked in the Development Department of Park College in Parkville, MO for many years before obtaining the job that ultimately became her passion and the pride of her life, City Clerk of Parkville.
Barbara held the title of City Clerk for 25 years and devoted her life to being a champion for Parkville. She was a major influence in the creation of “Christmas on the River” where she served as “Mary Christmas” for many years. Barbara worked tirelessly for the benefit of Parkville. Lance Circle, a cul-de-sac in Riss Lake, was dedicated in her name to honor her many years of selfless service to Parkville.
Barbara also served on the boards of the Parkville Chamber of Commerce and the Bell Road Barn. She was also a Lion and was a fixture at their Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast held in English Landing each year, along with her family in tow.
Barbara was also a published writer of poetry and short prose. She would like to be remembered as a lover of words, a gift she passed on to all of her children.
Barbara outlived her siblings William Ketsdever, LaVerne Mack and Marilyn Antony and is survived by her four children: Denise Marie Bassett, Curtis Alan Lance, Liane Adair Dillman and Trina Gay Lance. She will be deeply missed by her 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was the matriarch of her family both in Missouri and California and was affectionately known as “The Queen.”
A “Celebration of Life” for Barbara will be held at Platte Woods United Methodist Church on February 5, 2015 at 6:00pm. There will be a light supper after the service at the church. She will be buried next to her husband in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville in a private family service the next day. Flowers may be sent to the church and donations can be made in her name to one of her favorite places, the Parkville Nature Sanctuary (www.parkvillenaturesanctuary.net). The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Barbara and condolences may be left online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.