Ethel W. Lance
The Palmetto Mortuary Inc
1122 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC
Ethel W. Lance CHARLESTON - Funeral services celebrating the life of Mrs. Ethel W. Lance will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in Royal Missionary Baptist Church, 4761 Luella Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405. She will be laid to rest in Emanuel A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Charleston, SC. Viewing today at the mortuary from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. and at Royal Missionary Baptist Church from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where the family will be receiving friends beginning at 7:00 pm. She is survived by her loving children: Rev. Sharon W. Risher, Gary L. Washington, Esther M. Lance and Nadine Collier (Henry) and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Expressions of sympathy to the family may be made online at Professional Services By: THE PALMETTO MORTUARY, INC., 1122 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403; Office: 843.727.1230. Visit our guestbook at charleston

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May God continue to Bless the entire family. God Bless. it's in Jesus
Elder Paul Prince
December 16, 2016
Valenda Newell
November 26, 2016
Dios y jesus tienen el poder para resusitar a los que pierden su vida revelasion .21.4.asi nos lo dise
April 5, 2016
I couldn't agree more with Helen Murray's comments!! It has been amazing to watch God work through the lives of those taken and those left behind. The question has been asked many times, "How could those families forgive?" It's only by the grace of God and their faith. Continued prayers for your families, friends, and community from the South Bay in California.
Barb MacNeil
August 5, 2015
Although time has passed and the tragedy that took Ms. Lance's life is no longer on the front pages, I continue to think of the families of the victims. Each one made a difference in this world in extraordinary ways, but the one that made the most indelible impression on me is Ethel Lance. It was her daughter, Nadine Collier, that stunned the world with her opening comments offering forgiveness in the midst of unspeakable heartbreak. Who knows how this whole thing would have turned out if she had not led the way? But we don't have to wonder, because she stepped up, set an incredible tone for all who followed, and the rest is history. What a strong woman of character Ethel Lance must have been! And Nadine Collier, you are my new hero. Thank you for making me proud to be a South Carolinian.
Helen Murray
August 3, 2015
Patsy Green
July 1, 2015
Dear Ethel W. Lance Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and watch over you during this hard time. May Ethel Rest In Peace!. May the Peace of the Lord be with you.
Robert Newman
June 29, 2015
Psalms 34:4 & 17-18:

I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

I pray that this will give you some comfort in the days to come. God bless and keep you & your family Rev. Sharon.
Wanda Gray
June 29, 2015
Thinking of all nine families and praying for you.
Annie Mason
June 28, 2015
My deepest condolences from California. Please know that the whole world is weeping over the loss of this angel, and our only solace is that she is in a better place. She will never be forgotten, and has already become part of history forever, and with her passing, she is already making the world a better place. God bless your family, and her beautiful soul.
Diana Spatz
June 28, 2015
May God bless the family and friends.Of this child of God who will forever be remembered as a modern day martyr!And now a part of our new added BACK HISTORY!With my deepest heart felt sympathy!
Benadette Jones
June 27, 2015
Praying God brings Peace your Hearts
Darlene White & Family
June 26, 2015
May you rest in the arms of the Lord!!! You got your wings so fly high!!!! History will always keep you in our memories!!!! Praying for peace and comfort for the family!!!!
Sherry Prunty
June 26, 2015
May Mrs Lance Rest in Peace Weeping Will Soon Be Over, Joy Is On The Way. HE KNOWS HOW MUCH YOU CAN BARE.
June 26, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
June 26, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
June 26, 2015
R.I.P. Ethel W. Lance !
Susan Amber Strickland Jones
June 26, 2015
Abbi Beckford
June 26, 2015
Prayers for God's strength, peace and comfort for your family!
Paula Belyeu
June 26, 2015
Sharon Washington and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.. Call me if you need to.
Lynette Payne Washington
June 26, 2015
May god wrap his eternal arms around you and your family! God Bless
Virginia Henry
June 26, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ronnie & Neva Coleman
June 26, 2015
God will bring peace to your hearts.
L Jackson
June 26, 2015
We thank God for sharing this wonderful lady with us. We all know that she delivered God's love and message through her teaching, kind acts and the example she set forth for all to follow. We thank the family for sharing Sister Lance with us. To the family, keep the memories ALIVE while you "Find Your Strength In God".
Linda Dizzley
June 25, 2015
Praying for your family.
Eurika Mcneil
June 25, 2015
Nadine my condolences and prayers to you and your family.
Eurika Mcneil
June 25, 2015
My prayers and thoughts are with you May God Bless And Keep You
Ann Robinson
June 25, 2015
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

God's grace and mercy upon the families of Ethel W. Lance and to the family of Dylann Roof. It is easier to love than to hate . . . GOD IS LOVE
Shirley Green
June 25, 2015
To the family of Ms Ethel Lance, I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the memory of Ms Lance forever be in your hearts. I know that God will take care of each of you as you mourn the death of your family member. God loves and cares for you.
Rowena Worshaim
June 25, 2015
Dear Lance and other families,
I am sorry for your loss. May her memory be eternal! God bless her and her family.
Vasilios Emmanuel Glimidakis
June 25, 2015
Sulton Family
June 25, 2015
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Daniel Garza
June 25, 2015
i knew ethel casually over many years from my work at the gailliard auditorium for the spoleto festival. she was always cheerful and welcomed me back. i might be upstairs ironing costumes and she'd be cleaning out the dressing rooms for me.
she was a very sweet person

i am shocked and horrified that something like this could happen in beautiful charleston to such nice people

my prayers and my tears are with you
carolyn kostopoulos
June 25, 2015
To the families: Words can't describe the sadness that is being felt for you from those who don't know you, but we feel because we heard of your tragedy via the news. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Please know that our Heavenly Father will help you deal with this terrible tragedy. God invites you:(Jeremiah29:12)...And YOU will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to YOU."
June 25, 2015
To the Lance Family,
May loving memories ease your loss and bring you all comfort.
June 25, 2015
May your faith in God's promises and beautiful memories of your loved one sustain you during this heartbreaking time and into the future. My heart grieves with you.
Karen Snyder
June 25, 2015
Words are sometimes empty but our prayers are with this family in these harrowing times. Also God heals all things in time. She was a beautiful Flower and God has a beautiful place to put her. Love, Roberta, Jerome Jr., Jay Mack and Family
Roberta B. Mack
June 25, 2015
May the peace of God be with you.
Aileen Martin
June 25, 2015
Sharon - please know that our thoughts are with you and your family. Let the love that is surrounding you there as well as here in Austin help through this difficult time.
Peggy Terry
June 25, 2015
So very sorry for your terrible loss, a loss even those of us who did not know her, share. You are in our thoughts and hearts and we wish you peace and solace.
Nancy Curry
June 25, 2015
Nadine and Family: May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Karen Bullard-Spencer
June 25, 2015
May God continue to give you peace.
Lucille Baptist Church
Palmer, Tx
June 24, 2015

Dear Lance Family
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
You have given your dearest Ethel. She will have eternal life. I think that is important. My family have watched and been so proud of your family: Faith and trust in Christ. There has been so much swirling around it is so hard to keep up with what is right. Y'all know what is right.
I lived in Charleston 5 years ago in Ansonborough. I know your beautiful Church Family. Although I do not know you personally, please know your extended Charleston family Loves and is praying for you.
Together there will be change. Your best example will set the stage for HUGE change. Please know, we love you and hate you are having to deal with this. No family should deal with this.
Your loss is bringing the whole country together, but no family should have to endure that to make change.
Just know, your family is in my prayers, and know your reaction has changed the country. Trust in the Lord conquers all.
Deepest sympathy, Lance Hiatt and Tim Parks
Chapin, South Carolina
Lance Hiatt
June 24, 2015
Kandace Grant
June 24, 2015
May you and your family find comfort a with the loss of your mother, Ethel. May God shine His face upon you and grant you peace.
Stacey Merlin
June 24, 2015
May the Peace of God comfort and strengthen You, during this Season. Remembering You my Prayers.
Deepest Sympathy,
John Flemon
john flemon
June 24, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jerome&Carolyn Burnell
June 24, 2015
Connie Emerson
June 24, 2015
David & Dessie Lee
June 24, 2015
Clara Wise
June 24, 2015
Mat God be with your family at this difficult time.
Dr. Sandra Burton Thurman
June 24, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss, but awed by your attitude - that has been the thing which (so far as I can see) has dominated the press - that you are leading Charleston in expressions of forgiveness and genuine love (the hard stuff), and promoting unity and community in the face of such violence, is inspiring and incredible, and I take my hat off to you.

Thank you for the lessons, given at such a difficult time - they are poignant and important.
Lizzi Rogers
June 24, 2015
To this lovely soul's family I sent my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.
Lori O'Leary
June 24, 2015
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Jacqueline Washington
June 24, 2015
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

My Deepest Sympathy!
Angela Dingle
June 24, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers ,my heartfelt sympathies are with you all. I hope the love and support from your loved ones bring you peace during this difficult time. God is in control, Be Bless
MS Raines
Jewel Raines
June 24, 2015
Love and prayer for peace which passes understanding.

Apostle Gertie Ford
June 24, 2015

Earth has no sorrows that heaven can not heal
Even though right now hurt is what you feel
Memories gained never cease
My prayers is for God to grant you peace
Love and encourage each other along the way
Be real and caring in whatever you do and say
Although our love one has depart
They belonged to God right from the start
Death when it comes is only a forever sleep
Knowing they are going away is why we weep
Have joy in knowour soul is for God to keep
Know our loss is Heavens gain
Live your life for Jesus you see them again
Be grateful for the memories through life you compile
Be reminded of their every smile
Be please for time spent all the while
Although the sorrow is hard to bear
Grieve as you will know God is near
Look up to God for strength each day
He'll be with you tocarry you all the way
It doesn't matter if you are young or old
Keep God first know He is in Control
Give God your life and hold on to His hand
Allow him to guide you with purpose for He holds the plan
Live, love, and do have faith to do your best
Trust the Lordto do the rest
written 5/14/15 by Hazel Smalls
June 24, 2015
Peace of God and Blessings for you all. My heart breaks for your loss.
Rhet Wilson
June 24, 2015
To the Lance family, May the Lord be your Strength and Comforter. Gods blessings. Shirley McPherson
Shirley McPherson
June 24, 2015
It will be the little things
that you will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
back again.
Ronald Williams
June 24, 2015
Sorry for your loss will continue to pray for your family!
June 24, 2015
May your soul rest in peace and your
memory last forever and ever.God bless!
Jeanette & Ralph Stewart
June 24, 2015
Margaret Lambright
June 24, 2015
Margaret Lambright
June 24, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this trying and difficult time.
Christa Hackett
June 24, 2015
Sorry for your loss. May the GOD of all comfort be with the family at this time of sorrow.
S. Washington
June 24, 2015
Sleep in powerpower Mother Lance, we thank you for blessing us with your grace and passion for the Almighty Father God. Pickup your wings mother you deserve them!

Gerald Grooms
June 24, 2015
May you find strength and comfort in your faith. My prayers join that chorus.
Andra Watkins
June 24, 2015
Rebecca Jean Anderson-Gilliard
June 24, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with this family.
Odessia Gadsden
June 24, 2015
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Chris Singleton
June 24, 2015
Prayers are with the family during this time.
Ronnette & Cherrel Nelson
June 24, 2015
Condolences to your family & friends. What shall separate us from the love of God: Nothing!
Charles & Angela Johnson
June 24, 2015
Lifting your family in prayer and hoping you all find some comfort in knowing that so many in our nation are heartbroken for your loss and praying for God's peace, comfort, and healing.
Lizette Perera
June 24, 2015
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
June 24, 2015
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Thomas Javis
June 24, 2015
Prayers to the family.
June 24, 2015
May God continue blessing this family
June 23, 2015
Momma, what will this world look like without you? One day I will see you again, what a day it will be. Love you always, Sharon, Brandon and Aja
Rev Sharon Risher
June 23, 2015
Sister Ethel, after keeping the house of GOD now you work shall be rewarded, 2 Chron15:7
Rev. Dr. Nicole Weir
June 23, 2015
My prayers are you and your family may god wrap his holy arms you.may your soul rest in peace Ms.Ethel Lance
Desiree Holmes
June 23, 2015
June 23, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. God bless you and keep you safe.
AJ Simmons
June 23, 2015
Sabrina Holloway
June 23, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tracy Campbell
June 23, 2015
Paulette Richardson McCrae
June 23, 2015
Forever in our Thoughts and Prayers!

Peace and Blessings Always!
~ Johnson - McLean Families
Lisa Johnson McLean
June 23, 2015
Barbara Young
June 23, 2015
My Condolences to you and your family at this time.
leslie Camel
June 22, 2015
The Lord is truly our Shepherd.
Chaplain Steven Graddick III
June 22, 2015
beth melton
June 22, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sharon Derrick
June 22, 2015
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With Prayers and Sympathy
Rev. & Mrs. Samuel Johnson, Sr.
June 22, 2015
God bless you all
June 22, 2015
Sharon and family, you are in my prayers during this difficult time.
God Bless.
paula williams
June 22, 2015
June 22, 2015
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family, May God continue to bless you doing this sad time, Trust in the Lord!
Rev Janice M. Harris, Fayetteville NC
Pastor, Old Scotts Hill AMEC Wilmington NC
Janice Harris
June 22, 2015
So sorry for your loss as a result of this senseless act.

Jerome Woody
Claxton, Ga.
jerome Woody
June 22, 2015
May God bless your families and friends. We celebrate her life with you.
Rita & Jerome Addison
June 22, 2015
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