Barbara Joyce Vance was born on April 13, 1958 in Mayes County, Oklahoma to Jeff Gordon and Edith Redbird Vance and departed this life on December 23, 2020 in Bentonville, Arkansas at the age of 62 years, 8 months, and 10 days.
She attended Stilwell High School and afterwards pursued her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She began her nursing career at Stilwell Memorial Hospital and then Wilma P Mankiller Health Clinic where she served 20 plus years. She was well known and loved by many patients.
Barbara’s hobbies included going to yard sales, smoking cigarettes, and watching tv shows such as Criminal Minds. She always kept up with CNN World News-we swore she was going to run for President! Her favorite dishes to cook were chicken and dumplings and green bean casserole. She sure did love her fur babies Pete and Grayson. But most of all she loved spending time with her grandkids.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, siblings: John Lee Vance, Buddy Vance, Hank Jerome Thomas Vance, Junior Lee Vance, Larry Thomas Vance, Victor Wayne Vance, Alice Bernice Vance, Robert Lee Vance, and a special son Jason Nofire.
Barbara is survived by a very loving family that includes her children: Christie Sanders and companion Kent Teehee of Stilwell, OK, Carrie Farmer and husband Jay of Sallisaw, OK, Candace Sanders and companion Jason Duncan of Stilwell, OK, Melinda Moten-Alley and husband Shawn of Stilwell, OK; grandkids: Ethan “Toddy” Fourkiller, Summer Nofire-Foreman and husband Jerrid, Kane Moten, Keegan Nofire, Jason “Bubba” Nofire, Cadence Smith, Jaylea Farmer, Treyton Smith, Ryker Alley, Kent “Shuggie” Teehee, Kylan Duncan; great-grandkids: Beckett Foreman, Quest Fourkiller, and Major Nofire; siblings: Ernest F. Vance, Dora Vance and Mary Ann Feathers both of Tahlequah, OK. Many friends and family also survive her.
She will be dearly missed by many.