Thelma Faye Vance-Robertson-Willard, 96, of Orrick, MO, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at the home of her great-granddaughter. Thelma was born near Orrick, MO, on September 4, 1927, to William Olin Vance and Thelma Alberta (Frazier) Vance. Faye, as she was best known, had lived most of her life in the Orrick community. Faye had worked various jobs in her life, mostly as a bookkeeper. Faye graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1946. She was a member of the Orrick Baptist Church and was a member of the Jewell Chapter #492 of the Order of Eastern Star in Liberty, MO.
Faye loved playing games on her computer, riding motorcycles, reading and she especially loved time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Faye also loved traveling and taking exciting adventures. She loved animals, especially her cats.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Olin and Thelma Vance; her first husband, Junior Lee Robertson; her second husband, Oscar Fred Willard; a brother, James Olin Vance; and sisters, Monta Marie Ferman, Frances Dean Sneed, and Annette Kay Walker; and grandson, Dale Ray Mathews.
She is survived by her son, Delvin (Diane) Robertson of Richmond, MO, and a daughter, Marjorie (Dale) Mathews of Orrick, MO; a brother, Ronald Vance of Richmond, MO; and sisters, Pat Covey of Orrick, Alice Tuck of Colorado, Anna Arnold of Colorado, and Roberta Chavez of Arizona; grandchildren, Dalla (Mark) McMullen of Orrick, MO, Michelle (Mark) Hellman of Richmond, MO, and Tamara (Jamie) Cook of Orrick, MO; great-grandchildren, Kailyn, Amery, Adam, Arissa, Tristin, Shaina, Kelby, Autumne, Riley, Payton, and Joshua. Faye also is survived by 13 great-great grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to be given in her memory to The Ray County Humane Society, Richmond, MO.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 24, 2023, at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, September 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home with Pastor Art Endsley officiating; burial will follow in South Point Cemetery near Orrick.