Joanne Lance Hancock, age 93, of South Pasadena, passed away peacefully from natural causes, Sunday January 31, 2021 with loving family by her side.
After graduating from Eagle Rock High School in 1945, Joanne studied history at the University of Redlands, earning a BA in 1949. She completed her teaching credentials at the University of Arizona.
Joanne taught grade school with the Montebello Unified and Pasadena City School Districts. In 1953 she joined the U.S. Army Dependent Schools, spending two rewarding years overseas, teaching grade school children of military personnel in both Japan and Germany.
Upon returning to Los Angeles, she met a young attorney named Clarence “Hank” Hancock who would become her loving husband. They were married December 28, 1956 at the Pasadena First United Methodist Church. They settled in South Pasadena, raising two boys together. She cherished the community of South Pasadena, making many lifelong friendships. An avid traveler, she revisited Europe and Asia with Hank, and enjoyed visiting destinations on all seven continents.
After Hank’s passing in 2016, Joanne spent her final years at home in the care of her son and his wife. She enjoyed holidays with her grandchildren and walks through the neighborhood.
Joanne will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was proudly patriotic and never missed an opportunity to fly the American Flag, or to vote. Her sunny optimism and positivity will continue to inspire us.
Joanne is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Scott and Hellar-Ann (Missy) Hancock and Brian and Lora Hancock; her three grandchildren, Graham, Hayden, and Hayley; her brother and his spouse Ronald and Jan Lance of Santa Barbara.
A private service will be held February 27, 2021 at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, California.