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Celebrating the life of Verna M. Vance.
Agreed to by the Senate, February 11, 2005
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 14, 2005

WHEREAS, Verna M. Vance departed this life suddenly on November 5, 2004, leaving a legacy of positive influence on the lives of many; and

WHEREAS, she was a  graduate of Churchland High School and graduated from Christopher Newport University, furthering her education at Norfolk State University where she received a Masterís in Gifted Education; and

WHEREAS, teaching was her passion and profession and she taught in the Norfolk County and Portsmouth school systems and the Homebound program for 30 years, and served on the Chesapeake Library Board and the Tidewater Literacy Council where she served as president for two years; and

WHEREAS, Verna Vance also taught the Johnson Bible Class for 45 years at Berea Christian Church in Driver, Virginia, where she was a faithful member and served as superintendent of Sunday school, assistant superintendent, moderator of the church, and also sang in the choir; and

WHEREAS, her enthusiasm was a true testimonial of her commitment and dedication to the American Legion where she served as state president from 1969 to 1980, national chaplain from 1994 to 1995, and wrote the history of the American Legion Auxiliary for the years 1919 to 1989; and

WHEREAS, Verna Vance began participating in the Virginia Girls State program as a delegate representing Churchland High School, and later served as a counselor and as a staff member for over 50 years and on the staff of Girls Nation for 17 years; and

WHEREAS, in her 27 years as Director of the Virginia Girls State, the program has progressively developed into a dynamic, interactive learning experience where young women can learn about their state government and citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Verna Vance always expressed her heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the multitude of volunteers who shared and embodied her vision of the Girls State mission for their priceless contributions to the success of the program; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of Virginia Girls State, as an expression of appreciation for her valuable contributions, named Vance City of Virginia Girls State in her honor when the program was expanded in 2003; and

WHEREAS, her sense of humor, love of people, and patriotic values were driving forces in her passion to teach others to appreciate and love America and the principles for which it stands; and

WHEREAS, her many attributes made her the outstanding Virginia Girls State director that she was, touching the lives of not only thousands of young women but also the lives of those who have continuously volunteered their services to Girls State year after year; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly note with great sadness the loss of an outstanding citizen and Virginian, Verna M. Vance; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to her husband of 51 years, John, her son Tim, her daughter Libby, and her niece Jerry, and the American Legion Auxiliary as an expression of appreciation for her devoted years of civic and public service and the high esteem in which her memory is held by the members of the General Assembly. 

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