OBITUARY

Mary Jane Sassaman

July 20, 1933July 1, 2019
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Sassaman, Mary Jane (Vance) born July 20, 1933 in Knoxville, TN passed away July 1, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. She attended Central High School in Knoxville (1950) and graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority (1954). She obtained her Masters Degree in Public Health Administration and retired as director of TN State Health Laboratories, Nashville. Her sweet soul is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer S. Sassaman, her twin sister, Margaret Ann Vance, brother, Charles Vance, as well as her mother and father, James W. and Mary Lance Vance. Her family will miss her wise counsel, consummate wit and constant care for her immediate and extended circle. She is survived by her sons, Mark (Mindy) Sassaman and David (Donna) Sassaman; Grandchildren Kelly (Lane) Reeder, Kevin (Marissa) Sassaman, Katie (Chris) Patterson; 6 great grandchildren; Sister, Susan (David) Brawner; sister-in-law Edith Bibee Vance; nieces Becky Vance, Jenny Vance, Karen Vance, and Robin (Tim) Ferguson; and close friends, the Yates Family – Kathy, Jim and Carol. Visitation with family and friends will be held at Mt. Olivet Funeral Home on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 1 p.m Central time, followed immediately by a memorial service at 4:30 p.m. Graveside interment will be held for family and friends on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. Eastern time in Woodlawn Cemetery in Knoxville, TN (4500 Woodlawn Pike). Those attending the Knoxville gravesite will be encouraged to join the family afterwards to celebrate this amazing woman over refreshments (Club House at the Charles Towne Landing, 8601 Old Carriage Ct, Knoxville, TN 37923).

  • FAMILY

  • James William Vance, Father
  • Mary Elizabeth Vance, Mother
  • Elmer S. Sassaman, Husband
  • Margaret Ann Vance, Sister
  • Charles Vance, Brother
  • Mark (Mindy) Sassaman, Son
  • David (Donna) Sassaman, Son
  • Kelly (Lane) Reeder, Grandchild
  • Kevin (Marissa) Sassaman, Grandchild
  • Katie (Chris) Patterson, Grandchild
  • Susan (David) Brawner, Sister
  • Edith Bibee Vance, Sister-in-law
  • Becky Vance, Niece
  • Jenny Vance, Niece
  • Karen Vance, Niece
  • Robin (Tim) Ferguson, Niece
  • Mrs. Sassaman is also survived by six great-grandchildren and close friends, the Yates Family-Kathy, Jim and Carol.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, July 12, 2019

Memories

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Eddie Arrington

July 17, 2019

Mary Jane and all the Lance /Vance women for that matter ,are and will always be thought of with love and admiration!
They have lavished so many of us with their love, kindness and correction when needed; myself being an example(LOL). And with all that , are their contagious smiles to which all cherish every where they have gone. Lastly, these mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins and aunts are noted as Proverbs 31:10-31 women , who have passed those lessons on to the rest of the women folk in our families lives. And with that, we are truly blessed and grateful.
In Christ’s Love, Ed Arrington

Brenda & Mike Kimberly

July 5, 2019

Where do we begin: From first meeting in 1978, working together in our careers, celebrating families together, building our homes in Dale Hollow together, boating, Mary Jane and I looking for wild flowers and snakes, cocktail times and many many dinners - so many wonderful memories with Mary Jane and Elmer, and each and everyone of them special. We will always remember with love in our hearts. 'Till we meet again, Brenda and Mike

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