Barbara June Lance, 62, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, passed away at her home on Sunday November 18, 2012 after a long and valiant battle with diabetes. Barbara was born on July 21, 1950 in Springfield, Illinois, to Hollis and Lillian Tucker Lance. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Barbara graduated from Central High School in Clifton and Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Illinois. She was a registered nurse and shift coordinator at Shapiro Developmental Center and retired after 20 years. She enjoyed her grandchildren, her dog, folk music, flowers, and her home in Georgia. She is survived by her life partner, Michael Matters, of Stone Mountain; daughter, Suzanne Gasior Ron, of Chicago; granddaughter, Summer Lynn Smith; grandsons, Dylan James and Devon Michael Gasior of Chicago; her mother, Lillian Lance of Clifton, Illinois; brother Hollis Lance Rita of Mountain, Wisconsin, sisters Sharon Egan, Shirley Pelletier Vince, Eva Sitzes of Phoenix, Arizona; Joan Gross of Clifton, Illinois and many nephews and nieces. Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Hollis Lance, brother, Louis Lance, and infant daughter, Christien Amy Lance. She will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to one of Barb's favorite charities, such as the Breast Cancer Foundation, the Humane Society, or the ASPCA.

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  1. Barbara was my baby sister and I will miss her so much. We shared many years, life experiences, joys and sorrows, our children. Words can never express my love for her. Mike and Suzanne, my heart goes out to you. Summer, Dylan, and Devon you had a wonderful grandma.

  2. Suzanne and Mike,
    My prayers are with you. May you have peace as you say goodbye. Aunt Barb spent a lot of time with us. She brought a lot of fun to our lives. Suzanne, you were an answered prayer. You were her life. May you always remember that.
    Moe and Valerie

  3. She was the greatest aunt in the world and was always there when I was growing up. I am so sad that we lost another amazing person but she is no longer suffering the wrath of diabetes and is by my grandfathers side in heaven. I am sorry for the loss Mike, Suzanne and her family are suffering and my mom. I love you all and my heart and prayers are with you. God bless Barb and all those who loved her.

  4. Aunt Barb the last few days I catch myself going down memory lane thinking of all those times you spent with me and all those things you use to do with us. The 1st was the family reunions we use to have at the Gilman park to that black van that I thought was really cool to the grimalin on the back muddy road. Those times you watched us so my mom could go to work. The curious george you bought me 39 years ago that I still have today.zThe look you gave me when you was mad and the happiness of the birth of suzanne. The impact you made on our lives will never be forgotten nor will you . My condolences to Suzanne and Mike God bless you.

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