Ernest Ralph ('Ernest' or'Ernie') Lance

M, b. 30 November 1917, d. 4 December 1995
FatherHarlie Michael Lance b. 8 Aug 1896, d. 11 Aug 1966
MotherBessie Ruth Melton b. 9 Jan 1893, d. 19 Oct 1959
     Ernest Ralph ('Ernest' or'Ernie') Lance SSSN 710-01-8813

Ernest Ralph Lance, son of Harlie Michael and Bessie Ruth (Melton) Lance was born on 30 Nov 1917 on his parents' farm in Curry Co., NM, near St. Vrain.

He was graduated from Clovis High School in about 1935.

He married Dorothy Louise Horton, daughter of Kirby Lee and Lillie (Hodges)
Horton, on 11 Nov 1937 at Fort Sumner, De Baca Co., NM.

After Ernest gained experience working for insurance agents in Clovis, NM, and Tahoka, TX, they moved in about 1939 to Carlsbad, NM, where he first worked in the offices of the potash mining company there and later established his own Lance Insurance Agency selling property and casualty insurance, with the slogan 'Why Take A Chance? Insure With Lance!'

He sold his agency and retired in about 1976.

In 1976 he suffered a stroke while on a vacation trip in Colorado. After a long
period of hard work in therapy and of faithful, loving care by his wife Dorothy, except for the effects from the stroke he lived a full and rewarding life in retirement. The stroke left him with a paralyzed right hand and partly paralyzed right leg. Thankfully, the stroke left his mind and speech as sharp as ever.

Ernie was always an excellent salesman, had a marvelous sense of humor, good business sense, and always has enough new jokes in his repetoire to keep you laughing all day.


Carlsbad--Ernie Lance, 78, of North Alameda Street, Carlsbad, died Monday, Dec 4, 1995 at his home.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec 6, at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Bacon of First Baptist Church officiating and the Rev. Don Heddin of Calvary Assembly of God Church assisting. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place.

He was born Nov 30, 1917, in Grier, NM, to Harley [sic] Michael Lance and Bessie Ruth Melton Lance. He lived in the Clovis area until 1938. He worked in Tahoka, TX, for the Federal Land Bank. In April 1940 he went to work for International Mine Chemical for five years. He then went into business as Lance Insurance Agency until 1971. Mr. Lance then worked for Carlsbad Insurance Agency for four years in insurance and real estate.

He was one of the original organizers of the Carlsbad Jaycees, a former member of the Rotary Club and a member of the First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry W. Lance.

Survivors include wife Dorothy Horton Lance of Carlsbad; son Donald L. Lance of Andrews, TX; brother James Lance of Manassas, VA; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID 5CF6684D0D94EA44BE24E42425DB9EB81654. He was born on 30 November 1917 at Saint Vrain, Curry County, New Mexico.1 He married Dorothy Louise Horton, daughter of Kirby Lee Horton and Lillie Hodges, on 11 November 1937 at Fort Sumner, De Baca County, New Mexico.1 Ernest Ralph ('Ernest' or'Ernie') Lance died on 4 December 1995 at Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, at age 78.


Dorothy Louise Horton b. 5 Jun 1921, d. 22 Jun 2007


  1. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p. 283.

Dorothy Louise Horton

F, b. 5 June 1921, d. 22 June 2007
FatherKirby Lee Horton b. 21 Nov 1892, d. 18 Dec 1957
MotherLillie Hodges b. 2 Oct 1897, d. 14 Dec 1987
     Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID 81E3524307138346BE69CF7F5BC7405E11BC. Her married name was Lance. Dorothy Louise Horton was born on 5 June 1921 at Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas.1,2 She married Ernest Ralph ('Ernest' or'Ernie') Lance, son of Harlie Michael Lance and Bessie Ruth Melton, on 11 November 1937 at Fort Sumner, De Baca County, New Mexico.1 Dorothy Louise Horton died on 22 June 2007 at Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, at age 86.3


Ernest Ralph ('Ernest' or'Ernie') Lance b. 30 Nov 1917, d. 4 Dec 1995


  1. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p. 283.
  2. [S47], online, Texas Birth Certificates 1903-1932 for horton.
  3. [S47], online, US Social Security Death Index 1935-2014.

Jerry Walter Lance

M, b. 30 October 1939, d. 30 March 1994
FatherErnest Ralph ('Ernest' or'Ernie') Lance b. 30 Nov 1917, d. 4 Dec 1995
MotherDorothy Louise Horton b. 5 Jun 1921, d. 22 Jun 2007
     Jerry Walter Lance was buried; At his request, his ashes were scattered over the Municipal Golf
Course in Carlsbad, NM, where he was the manager (golf pro) for five
years and which he loved so much. A Mondale Pine tree was planted at
the No. 1 Tee box and a park bench erected there, beside which rests a
PRO, 1978-1984 (the years he served as golf pro there). He Jerry Walter Lance was born 30 Oct 1939 in Memorial Hospital, Clovis, NM. He was graduated from Carlsbad Senior High School in ______. In his high school years be became a champion junior golfer and won a golf scholarship to Rice University(?). After attending school there for some time he bacame an insurance adjustor in Hobbs, NM, for several years.
His original love for golfing took over, however, and he became the golf pro at the Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course where he remained for _____ years.
On 9 March 1963 he married to Eunice Carolyn ('Rocky') Bowen.
In ____ he suffered from lung cancer and survived the removal of one lung. Having regained his general health after that operation, he returned to to his former occupation and worked as an insurance adjustor in Conroe, TX, for _______ years. .
In 1994 he suffered a fatal heart attack. At his request, his body was cremated and his ashes scattered over his beloved Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course. .
Eunice, his wife, resides at their home in Conroe, TX. Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID 7B65D04E4B59BB42A4B771695E431F54E88F. He was born on 30 October 1939 at Memorial Hospital, Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico.1 He died on 30 March 1994 at Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas, at age 54.


  1. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p. 283.

Charles Vernon ('Vernon' or 'Chuck') Lance

M, b. 10 May 1920, d. 28 January 1990
FatherHarlie Michael Lance b. 8 Aug 1896, d. 11 Aug 1966
MotherBessie Ruth Melton b. 9 Jan 1893, d. 19 Oct 1959
     Charles Vernon ('Vernon' or 'Chuck') Lance SSN 525-14-8954, issued in NM. He is listed in the California Death Index as Charlie Vernon Lance and in the Social Security Death Index as C.V. Lance.

Charles Vernon Lance was born 10 May 1920 at Grier, NM.

He was graduated from Clovis High School in 1939.

On 31 Jan 1940 he married Marjorie Geraldine Christopher, daughter of E. A. and Ruby (Anderton) Christopher, in Fort Sumner, NM. They moved to Los Angeles in 1940
where he worked for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation from 1940-1944.

He was enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the 'Sea Bees' (for later generations, the name 'Sea Bees' stood for the letters C.B., meaning 'construction battalion,' a unit of the navy which specialized in speedily building aircraft runways and other construction projects). He was stationed on Guam in WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

From that time until he suffered a massive heart attack in about 1970, he
worked for a building materials business.

After the heart attack he was invalided and, by taking very good care of himself with his wife's help, he lived until 28 Jan 1990, when he suffered a final heart attack while on a walk near his home in Encino, Los Angeles Co., CA. His body, at his preference, was cremated, and his ashes are in________________. Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID 5B4D5FB09023E94A9F9E37AAEB150AFEC32D. He was born on 10 May 1920 at Grier, Curry County, New Mexico.1 He married Marjorie Geraldine Christopher on 31 January 1940 at Fort Sumner, De Baca County, New Mexico.2 Charles Vernon ('Vernon' or 'Chuck') Lance died on 28 January 1990 at Encino, Los Angeles County, California, at age 69.


Marjorie Geraldine Christopher b. 21 Jul 1923, d. 5 Apr 2012


  1. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p.284.
  2. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p. 284.

Marjorie Geraldine Christopher1

F, b. 21 July 1923, d. 5 April 2012
     Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID 8A900C1D74A27B43B7094548D3791A17E1BF. Her married name was Lance. Marjorie Geraldine Christopher was born on 21 July 1923 at Kansas.2,1 She married Charles Vernon ('Vernon' or 'Chuck') Lance, son of Harlie Michael Lance and Bessie Ruth Melton, on 31 January 1940 at Fort Sumner, De Baca County, New Mexico.2 Marjorie Geraldine Christopher died on 5 April 2012 at San Diego County, California, at age 88.3


Charles Vernon ('Vernon' or 'Chuck') Lance b. 10 May 1920, d. 28 Jan 1990


  1. [S47], online, Edwards Complete Family Tree.
  2. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p. 284.
  3. [S123], online, Marjorie G Lance.

Michael Eugene Lance

M, b. 31 March 1941, d. July 1984
FatherCharles Vernon ('Vernon' or 'Chuck') Lance b. 10 May 1920, d. 28 Jan 1990
MotherMarjorie Geraldine Christopher b. 21 Jul 1923, d. 5 Apr 2012
     Michael Eugene Lance SSN 546-56-3233, issued in CA. Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID 930E4D353E4FB24491E5BB1C37C4F7593EB6. He was born on 31 March 1941 at Culver City, Los Angeles County, California.1 He married Janice Lorraine Shaw, daughter of James E. Shaw and Eleanor Megar, on 5 May 1962 at Saint Genieve Catholic Church, Panorama City, Los Angeles County, California.1 Michael Eugene Lance died in July 1984 at Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, at age 43.2


Janice Lorraine Shaw b. 25 Sep 1943, d. 13 Mar 2004


  1. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p. 284.
  2. [S1368] Unknown author, Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index Records. (LDS Family Search Computer, SSDI CD's.).

James Wesley Lance

M, b. 14 April 1928, d. 7 April 2012
FatherHarlie Michael Lance b. 8 Aug 1896, d. 11 Aug 1966
MotherBessie Ruth Melton b. 9 Jan 1893, d. 19 Oct 1959
     Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID 91828C3543C8C14992691A419DE998F14E7E. James Wesley Lance James Wesley ('Jimmy,' in childhood and youth, or 'Jim,' in adulthood) LANCE was born on 14 Apr 1928 in Clovis, New Mexico, the fourth and last son of Harlie Michael LANCE and Bessie Ruth (MELTON) LANCE. He attended grade school at the Eugene Field School from 1934-1940; Clovis Junior High School from 1940-1943, and Clovis Senior High from 1943 to 1946. He was preparing to report for military duty upon graduation. The war ended the previous summer, however; and just before graduation he was notified that his draft notice was cancelled. This gave him an opportunity to go on with his life -- at least for that war.

Beginning around 7th grade, he had developed a strong fascination with China, and East Asia in general, and this grew from several factors. The first was his good fortune to have close and enduring friendships with Japanese-American boys whose fathers were machinists for the Santa Fe Railroad in Clovis. (The disappearance of his Japanese-American schoolmates overnight when they were unjustly imprisoned by our own government also had lasting emotional impact on Jim and the rest of his classmates. At the time, Jim and all his classmates felt it wise not to talk among themselves regarding their anger at what was done to their Japanese-American classmates and their families. Only years later did they begin to talk amongst themselves and express their emotions on this issue.) The second was the involvement of close relatives in the war in the Pacific. In time, he became strongly fascinated by the Chinese and Japanese languages. A subscription to Asia magazine (later named Asia and the Americas), published by the famous author Pearl Buck and her husband kept these areas of interest alive and growing.

When America entered WWII, the United States was dangerously short of people with knowledge of the Japanese language, mostly because of prejudice against Japanese-Americans, nearly all of whom were most eager to help the war effort against the military dictators of Japan in every way they could; indeed, it was precisely that -- to get away from such a government that their parents and grandparents came to America in the first place, just as our immigrant ancestors did. After the initial shock of Pearl Harbor subsided, emotions cooled down, and it became easier to think rationally, America's political and military leaders welcomed Japanese-Americans to serve in the American military and intelligence services, not just in combat roles in Europe but also, under great secrecy, in the Pacific, where their language capabilities helped win the war, and they also played major, unsung roles in the post-war occupation of Japan and prosecution of war criminals. It is true, however, that most of them had only rudimentary knowledge of the Japanese language; the army, therefore, had to send them to language schools to improve their mastery of the language before sending them overseas.

Jim felt that by the time the war was over, many other Americans would have learned Japanese, and the demand would not be so great. He was confident, however, that in the future there would be a strong need for Chinese language expertise. It seemed obvious that the historically important country of China was going to be even more important in the future. With a land mass even larger than the United States, with many undeveloped natural resources, a great and talented people numbering about one-fourth of humanity, how could it be otherwise? Also, considering America's tendency to neglect a potential need, he reasoned that few others would choose to study Chinese. 'If I begin studying it now,' he thought, 'I'll be far ahead of others.'

There were many obstacles to studying Chinese. There were no Chinese-Americans, or anybody else in Clovis knowledgeable of the language; no textbooks; no newspapers; nobody in Clovis who understood the wild idea of this kid who wanted to study Chinese. He may as well want to study Martian. Perseverance, however, can overcome almost any obstacle.

He had an uncle (Ansel DUNCAN) who was a railway postal clerk who know of his interest in the language and would occasionally send him an 'undeliverable' copy of a Chinese-language newspaper, from which he could sometimes find bookstores in San Francisco offering interesting books, such as dictionaries. He also responded to ads in Asia magazine for English-Chinese and Chinese-English dictionaries and textbooks such as Literary Chinese by the Inductive Method by Herlee Glessner Creel, published by the University of Chicago Press. (This was impractical, somewhat similar to a kid in China beginning his study of modern English by reading Beowulf; nevertheless, it gave him much needed knowledge of the etymology of Chinese characters.) Eventually, at about the time that he was a high school junior he obtained a Linguaphone course in Mandarin Chinese, probably from an ad in Asia magazine. (Linguaphone phonograph foreign language courses no longer exist; it was the phonograph-record great-great-grandfather of today's computerized foreign language courses.) This was a real boost to his progress, and to his morale, for it gave him a clear idea of modern spoken and written Chinese.

So, by the time he graduated from high school, he dreamed of becoming a news correspondent in China. With his parents' financial assistance, he took the opportunity to go to the University of Missouri because of its School of Journalism, which at the time was considered the best. After his first year of pre-journalism classes, he realized that the expense was causing a financial hardship on his parents, so he decided to get a job on a newspaper to be sure he liked newspaper work.

The only job available at the local paper, the Clovis News-Journal, was for a display advertising salesman. He stayed at this job from 1947 to mid-1949, by which time he was handling the accounts of the paper's largest advertisers but still being payed his original salary of only $35 a week. Fed up with that situation, he found a job at the Amarillo (TX) Globe-News (later named Amarillo News and Globe-Times) doing the same kind of work but paying a beginning salary of $100 a week plus sales bonuses.

He worked happily at the Amarillo paper until he was drafted into the Army in September 1950, serving two years during the Korean War, after which he returned to the job in Amarillo. While in the army, he had basic training at Ft. Lewis, Washington, which is near Tacoma, and then spent the remainder of his army time in Fort Lawton, in Seattle, where there was a large separation-reassignment center. Fort Lawton's main function was to process troops going to and coming from Korea.

When he was inducted, he asked to apply for the Army Language School, where he wanted to study Chinese. They told him,however, that he could not apply for the Army Language School unless he first joined the Regular Army (RA). By this time, he had learned better than to believe the Army and reasoned that if he joined the RA and they did not let him go to language school, he would be stuck in the Army for an extra year or two. (An ironic twist to this story is that if he had enlisted in the RA and applied for language school he probably would have met Robert N. Tharp, his future boss at the Yale University Institute of Far Eastern Languages, many years sooner.)

He mistrusted the army because of what he viewed as gross incompetency on the Army's part, having been forced to repeat most portions of basic training three times. His group of draftees was assigned for basic training under this or that Reservist or National Guard unit that had been called up for the Korean War. Whenever his group of draftees had almost completed basic training, the unit would be sent to Korea, leaving behind the draftees, such as himself, who were then reassigned to another unit. Unfortunately, the departing unit would never remember to enter on the draftees' records how much basic training they had completed. Consequently, every time this happened, the group was made to start over from the beginning. There was also a period of a month or two when the group was assigned to pull KP ('Kitchen Police') for some reservist unit that had been recently activated and being rapidly retrained for combat in Korea. Eventually, when it was discovered that he and another draftee, Gene Curtis, who had been a reporter on the Tulsa World, could type, they were assigned to the unit's orderly room, where they entered in their own service records that they had completed basic training!

Looking back on all of that today, he realizes the desperate situation American forces were in at that time, which explains all the confusion and apparent unconcern about whether or not various groups of draftees were comfortable or felt motivated. In the long run, they probably were lucky.

Earlier, he had also expressed strong interest in going to Army Language School to study Chinese, and at his first station, Ft. Sill, OK, he managed to get them to let him take a Chinese language test. It was easy to see that they did not understand why anyone would be interested in Chinese. So there he was seated near a phonograph machine with earphones listening to the Chinese recording. Or at least trying to. Right outside the window of the wooden barracks, not more than 20 feet away from him, was a guy ripping up a large area of concrete with a jackhammer. He couldn't hear himself think, much less the recording.

A few weeks before he was released from active duty, one day a fellow from post headquarters showed up at his office desk. By that time, of course, the Chinese had entered the Korean fray and our forces were in deep trouble. Finally someone up there decided they needed people who would like to learn Chinese. The fellow said that at headquarters they had been reading his file and noticed that he had been interested in studying Chinese at the Army Language School. They also noticed that he had been told that he would have to join the RA to apply and now they wanted to assure him that was false; he could apply, but if he was accepted, then he would be asked to join the RA. By this time, Jim wanted nothing so much as to get out of the army, return to his newspaper job for a year, and then return to college on the G.I. Bill. Also, he saw no reason to believe any of the army's promises.

After release from active duty, he rejoined the Amarillo paper and worked there another year, after which he returned to the University of Missouri on the GI Bill and was graduated from the School of Journalism in 1956.

After college, he worked for five years as an advertising copywriter for Better Homes & Gardens (BH&G) magazine. It was while there that he met and married his wife, Barbara. Almost two years later, they had their first child.

Chinese calligraphic scrolls were becoming popular in home decoration, and people in BH&G's art department who had become interested in Chinese calligraphy wanted him to teach them how to do that. He agreed, but told them they would have to learn Chinese, period. So he began teaching Chinese evenings in the company conference room. Soon after this began, a new editor named Don Tulloch came to work at BH&G and heard about his Chinese class. This editor had been in the Air Force, graduated from the Air Force's Chinese language program at Yale University, and had served overseas as a Chinese linguist. When he heard that this fellow Jim Lance was teaching Chinese, he had his doubts and decided to join the class just to see what was going on. When he saw that Jim really was teaching Chinese and saw how highly motivated he was, he told Jim about the program at Yale, suggesting that he write to Mr. Robert N. Tharp, who was running the program there. So Jim wrote a letter -- in Chinese -- to Mr. Tharp asking for a catalog of the school's books and language tapes. About two weeks later, his home telephone rang before he left for work.

It was Mr. Tharp, who wondered if he would be interested in a fellowship at the Institute of Far Eastern Languages (IFEL). If so, IFEL would pay his air fare to Yale so that Mr. Tharp could meet him, and Jim could learn more about the school before making a final decision. It was not a hard decision to make, even though Jim now had a wife and a baby daughter, and the move meant a large cut in family income. Thanks to the encouragement of his wife, Barbara, who know how much studying Chinese meant to him, he accepted.

Though as poor as church mice, the four years spent at IFEL were the happiest of their lives. It seems, however, that all good things must come to an end, and he made another major decision. By 1965, the Air Force program at IFEL was about to end, and the program was to move to the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California. By that time, patriotism was becoming a dirty word to some people, and authorities at Yale University decided they no longer wanted to have Air Force students on their campus ('those blue-suited monkeys,' as Kingman Brewster, the university provost at the time called them), so the die was cast. It was Jim's fear that the Air Force program would suffer in the military atmosphere at the DLI where students would have to spend their time mopping barracks floors and polishing brass instead of studying, so when government recruiters came interviewing IFEL instructors, Jim was happy to accept. In looking back 30 years later, he wondered if I would not have been happier staying with the program, because Bob Tharp and his wife Eva were something like second parents to Jim and many others. On the other hand, he had countless interesting experiences working for the government, because the recruiters were from the Central Intelligence Agency.

There is not much he can say about his classified work at CIA. It can be said, however, that his knowledge of the Chinese language was of great value. He had three overseas tours (Taiwan and Hong Kong), and several TDYs (Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Guangzhou, China, and Vienna, Austria.) Many of his days were spent translating Chinese documents, which was his forte. Over the years he worked closely with Agency officers and officers of the State Department, Department of the Army, the FBI, Secret Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service, the National Security Agency; among them were Americans of all colors, of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. He remembers all he knew as loyal Americans.

He retired in 1988, continued to work under contract for the CIA almost five additional years, after which he kept himself busy helping to edit Mr. Tharp's autobiography and drawing many illustrations for the book, working on family history, and attending to many other projects.1 Reference: (an unknown value.) Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _EMAIL James Wesley Lance also went by the name of Jim Lance.1 James Wesley Lance lived at 9632 Lafayette Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109-3312. His telephone number was 703-368-6238. He was born on 14 April 1928 at Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico.2 He married Barbara Jean Harvey, daughter of Oscar LeRoy Harvey and Lucy May Faber, on 31 May 1959 at First Methodist Church, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.2 James Wesley Lance died on 7 April 2012 at Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia, at age 83; James Wesley Lance, age 83 of Springfield, VA, formerly of Manasses, Virginia, died Saturday April 7 2012 at Renaissance Gardens.
Mr. Lance was retired from the CIA and was a Chinese linguist and he served during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Jean Lance and is survived by his children, Sarah Charlene Mangs and husband David and Thomas Melton Lance and wife Crystal and one grandson Jake.
Memorial Services will be held at Green Springs Retirement Community in Springfield, VA on Friday, April 13 2011 [sic] at 1:30 pm. Private internment will take place at Quantico National Cemetery.3


Barbara Jean Harvey b. 18 Sep 1936, d. 23 Jan 2006


  1. [S7] James Lance, Ancestors and Descandants of Bastian & Dewalt Lentz,.
  2. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p. 285.
  3. [S1557], online, James Lance obituary.

Barbara Jean Harvey

F, b. 18 September 1936, d. 23 January 2006
FatherOscar LeRoy Harvey b. s 1910, d. bt 1937 - 2000
MotherLucy May Faber b. s 1915, d. bt 1937 - 2005
     Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID C47917C1D660B046A4AF43C1055AA924C4BC. Barbara Jean Harvey KINDERGARTEN TO GRADUATE 22--SENIORS WILL WEAR CAPS AND GOWNS
Xenia, Ohio, (About 1941)--Twenty-two 'seniors,' attired in white caps and gowns, will be awarded 'diplomas' at the fourth annual commencement exercises of Mrs. Harold Fawcett's kindergarten in McKinley School auditoriu, Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock.
The children, assisted by five members of the 'junior' class will present a program of songs and readings.
'Graduates' are Annie Peterson, Larry Nichols, Marilyn Foley, Rob Reynolds, Ann Morton, Billy Buckhardt, Barbara Harvey. Norman Clark, Jean North, Bobby Hail, Julia Whittington, Edward George, Nedra Glass, David Dawson, Nancy Bean, Billy Simons, Tom Wood, Sue Ann Dalton, Caroleen Swindler, Nancy Heaton, Jackie Earley and Colleen Swindler.
'Juniors' are Markie McCallister, Dick Shaw, Jimmy Wolf, Billey Homer, and Patricia Reed.
* * *
Barbara Jean Harvey. who lives at 226 5th St., NW, observed her tenth birthday on Wednesday by inviting nine schoolmates from the Lincoln School to her home for a party. The girls played games and them Barbara unwrapped her gifts. A birthday lunch was served by her mother, Mrs. O. L. Harvey, assisted by Mrs. Lawrence Trudell.
* * *
Barbara was going to college at the University of South Dakota when she and her brother had an automobile accident on 29 December 1955 while on the way to Madison, S.D., to attend the wedding of friends -- Judiune Whaley and John Drayer. Barbara was critically injured.
* * *
USD Student Hurt in Auto Accident
Barbara Harvey, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Harvey, former local resident, suffered concussion and brain hemorrhage when the car she was driving turned over on Highway 19 about four miles south of Buffalo Trading Post at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Miss Harvey, a student at the University of South Dakota, was still unconscious when this newspaper story was printed and was reported at that time to be in 'rather critical' condition in Madison Community Hospital by her attending physician.
Her brother, Wayne, a passenger in the car, was not injured. He was also a student at the University of South Dakota at the time.
Her father, Oscar Leroy Harvey, formerly operated the Harvey Tin Shop in Madison. The family moved to Vermillion in 1950.
Miss Harvey lost control of the car when it hit a patch of ice and it turned over in the ditch on the east side of the road, her brother reported to investigating officials.
The brother and sister were enroute to Madison to attend the wedding of Judine Whaley, Madison, and John M. Drayer, Doland, which was held in Madison Wednesday afternoon.
A Hallenbeck ambulance brought Miss Harvey to the hospital
Reports said Miss Harvey was attempting to replace a cardboard in the window. While doing this she lost control of the car.
Deputy Sheriff Normal McGillivray and Highway Patrolsman C. E. Thomas investigated the mishap.
* * *
Barbara was in a coma for about two weeks. When she came out of the coma, some friends were in the room. She acted like her old self, she told her husband years later, smiling and asking humorously of one of the friends, 'Who let HIM in the room?'
* * *

About two years later, she suffered the first of a number of seizures that occurred over a period of many years, which became controllable through medication.

* * *


The wedding of Barbara Jean Harvey and James Wesley Lance was Sunday at the First Methodist Church (Des Moines, Iowa). Their parents are Mr. and Mrs.
Oscar L. Harvey of Carroll and Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lance of Portales, NM.
The brides attendants were Janet Beighle, maid of honor, and Marcella McAfee, and Mauveta Dunn, bridesmaids. John Horton was best man, and ushers were Wayne Harvey and Richard Thailing.
The couple will live a 1800 Watrous Ave. after a trip to Colorado and New Mexico.
Mrs. Lance attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion and works for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Mr. Lance, a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia where he was a member of Alpha Delta Sigma, professional advertising fraternity, and is employed by the Meredith Publishing Co.

* * *

After Des Moines, the Lances lived in Branford, CT., a suburb of New Haven. Then to MD, then to Taiwan, then MD, then VA, then Taiwan again, then VA, then Hong Kong, then VA again. Barbara and her brother, Wayne, grew up in a family that loved to play cards -- especially Rook. Living in South Dakota, they were often snowbound, and Barbara and Wayne spent countless hours playing cards against each other. As a result she developed a remarkable card sense.
During their courtship, Barbara often gave Jim a very hard time whenever he made a mistake when playing cards. He grew up in a family in which playing Flinch, Rook, Old Maid, and other such cards was okay, but not cards containing Queens, Kings, Jacks, and Aces, so he was at a distinct disadvantage when playing with a card shark like Barbara!
As a result of marrying Jim, Barbara and sometimes her mother, did things and visited places they never dreamed they would ever do. And through all those years, she was a perfect wife for Jim, who misses her terribly... Barbara Jean Harvey also went by the name of Barbara, or Barb. Her married name was Lance. She was born on 18 September 1936 at Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.1 She married James Wesley Lance, son of Harlie Michael Lance and Bessie Ruth Melton, on 31 May 1959 at First Methodist Church, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.2 Barbara Jean Harvey died on 23 January 2006 at ManorCare Nursing Home, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, at age 69; Unknown GEDCOM info: of acute respitory arrest, in the final stages of of Lou Gehrig's disease.


James Wesley Lance b. 14 Apr 1928, d. 7 Apr 2012


  1. [S7] James Lance, Ancestors and Descandants of Bastian & Dewalt Lentz,.
  2. [S1349] Unknown author, Marie Moody Foster and Erma Melton Smith, The James F. Moody Family History, Library of Congress No. 79-104057 (Adams Press), p. 285.

Oscar LeRoy Harvey

M, b. say 1910, d. between 1937 and 2000
     Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID 334AE876BD1D714B9FCD5FAA0232510772C2. Oscar LeRoy Harvey also went by the name of Oscar. He was born say 1910 at Iowa.1 He married Lucy May Faber at Iowa say 1935.1 Oscar LeRoy Harvey died between 1937 and 2000 at Iowa.1


Lucy May Faber b. s 1915, d. bt 1937 - 2005


  1. [S7] James Lance, Ancestors and Descandants of Bastian & Dewalt Lentz,.

Lucy May Faber

F, b. say 1915, d. between 1937 and 2005
     Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID CA32D97486594147A94F3C2D860BAAF33FAE. Lucy May Faber also went by the name of Lucy. She was born say 1915 at Iowa.1 She married Oscar LeRoy Harvey at Iowa say 1935.1 As of say 1935,her married name was Harvey.1 Lucy May Faber died between 1937 and 2005 at Iowa.1


Oscar LeRoy Harvey b. s 1910, d. bt 1937 - 2000


  1. [S7] James Lance, Ancestors and Descandants of Bastian & Dewalt Lentz,.