January 27, 1938 - May 8, 2022
Carolyn Margaret Asay Vance died surrounded by loved ones on May 8, 2022, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born January 27, 1938, the second daughter of Ivan and Elizabeth Asay in Washington, DC. A lively child who always demonstrated a mind of her own, Carolyn grew up in Bethesda, MD where in later years she was active in the community as well as in local and national politics. She developed a deep concern for ending racial discrimination which became a guiding force throughout her life. Carolyn’s work experience was varied but generally centered on economic development for women and minorities, including inner city projects in Washington, DC and New York City, as a lending officer for small and mid-sized businesses at Chemical Bank and Chief of Operations at the American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation. During some of that time she spent her nights working toward her college degree, graduating from the University of Maryland in 1978. In 1983 Carolyn’s search for spiritual renewal was answered when she became a Sahaja Yoga, a religion which practices self-realization through meditation. Over the years she became increasingly dedicated to the movement and was a highly respected leader. Known as “Nana” to her grandchildren, Carolyn remained dedicated to her family throughout her lifetime. Her love, smiles and French Toast will be missed by all. Carolyn is survived by her sons, John H. Vance, III (Michelle) and Jeff (Maribeth) and daughter, Susan Vance Cunningham (Russ); eight grandchildren; sisters, Joan Crowley and Marian Humphrey (Richard) and brother, Roger Asay (Rebecca Davis). Survivors also include her former husbands, John H. Vance, Jr. and Volodymyr Sheredeko A private graveside ceremony is planned.
Carolyn Margaret Asay Vance died surrounded by loved ones on May 8, 2022, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born January 27, 1938, the second daughter of Ivan and Elizabeth Asay in Washington, DC. A lively child who always demonstrated... View Obituary & Service Information
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