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Gilliland Howe Funeral Home

110 East North Street, Greensburg, IN

OBITUARY

Viola Jeanette Dance

October 30, 1936December 30, 2019
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Viola Jeanette Dance, 83, of Greensburg, passed away, surrounded by her children on December 30. Jeanette was born on October 30, 1936 in Knoxville, TN, the daughter of Henry and Nettie (Whitson) Heath. On December 27, 1958 she married Hazen Dance in Maryville, TN. He preceded her in death on February 9, 1979.

Jeanette, known to all as "Mama Dance", was the biggest cheerleader at her family's sporting events. She traveled extensively, most enjoying time spent with her loved ones. Jeanette worked for Federal Mogul NTN/BCA for more than 30 years and was a long-time member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. She served as a member of the American Baptist Women Mission Group where she served others with love and compassion.

She is survived by her seven children - Pamela (John) Steeves, Bud Dance, Donna (Dave) Vanderbur, Jewel Johnson, Victor (Janet) Dance, Catherine Wells, all of Greensburg, and Ginger (Todd) Conwell of Hartsville; One stepdaughter, Connie Disney of Knoxville, TN; four sisters - Mary (Robert) White, Mildred McCarley, Wanda Jeffers and Frankie Steinkamp; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren whom she adored. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, stepdaughters Jeanie Bledsoe and Sally Dance one sister, Barbara Crewsonberry and three brothers Billy, Floyd and Wilford Heath.

There will be visitation from 4-6:30pm with funeral service to follow at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Adams on Thursday January 2nd. Burial will be at Clapps Chapel Cemetery in Corryton, TN. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Henry Heath, Father (deceased)
  • Nettie (Whitson) Heath, Mother (deceased)
  • Hazen Dance, Husband (deceased)
  • Pamela (John) Steeves, Daughter
  • Bud Dance, Son
  • Donna (Dave) Vanderbur, Daughter
  • Jewel Johnson, Daughter
  • Victor (Janet) Dance, Son
  • Catherine Wells, Daughter
  • Ginger (Todd) Conwell, Daughter
  • Connie Disney, Step-Daughter
  • Mary (Robert) White, Sister
  • Mildred McCarley, Sister
  • Wanda Jeffers, Sister
  • Frankie Steinkamp, Sister
  • Jeanie Bledsoe, Step-Daughter (deceased)
  • Sally Dance, Step-Daughter (deceased)
  • Barbara Crewsonberry, Sister (deceased)
  • Billy Heath, Brother (deceased)
  • Floyd Heath, Brother (deceased)
  • Wilford Heath, Brother (deceased)
  • Viola is also survived by 16 Grandchildren and 15 Great-Great Grandchildren.
  • DONATIONS

  • Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 2, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 2, 2020

Memories

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Stephanie Griggs

January 3, 2020

She was such a strong amazing woman and mother. Always had a smile for all that came through her door. I am so sorry for your loss as I know she was definitely the anchor and strength of your awesome family. Love you all.

Donna Niese

January 3, 2020

What an amazing, thoughtful and caring lady who was one of the strongest women I knew. She gave so much to so many and never expected anything in return.
She was like a second mom to me when we were growing up.
The Lord certainly has a new and very special angel in his midst.
We all love her dearly and she will be missed forever...

Carol Blasdel

January 2, 2020

So sorry for your loss. What a sweet lady.
Sincerely,
Tim and Carol Blasdel

Virginia Maple

January 1, 2020

I remember the light in her eyes when she was talking about one of her children. You could see the love she had for them. I am sorry for your loss.

Hope Wade

January 1, 2020

I will always remember the times we spent together admiring the colors of the trees in Brown County State Park, her voice rooting her children on during sporting events and the times she would single handley beat Victor and I playing board games. I will always love her. She was a great woman and will be greatly missed.

Cathy Powell

December 31, 2019

Jeanette was one of the sweetest ladies I know. She could never remember my name 😂 She always wanted to call me Brenda. She said I just looked like a Brenda !

brianna Peterson

December 31, 2019

my grandma is my bestfriend, my guider & my shoulder to lean on. she raised me from the day I could walk to the day she said her goodbyes. she will forever be my lil old lady ❤️

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