THE COLONY - A local anti-bullying crusader died of an aneurysm over the weekend.
Debbie Lance, 36, was the mother of Montana Lance, who hung himself at his elementary school in The Colony two-and-a-half years ago. His family said the boy was the victim of constant bullying.
Jason and Debbie Lance gave testimony about bullying to the Texas Senate Education Committee in March 2011.
"The public has been crying 'No more, no more,' and we need to push to get this done," Debbie Lance told the committee.
She suffered from Marfan syndrome and underwent several heart surgeries in recent years.
Jason Lance said his wife died of a broken heart.
"It just added up," he said. "It took a toll on her heart, and I think she was hurting a lot more than she let on."
Mr. Lance said he remains committed to foundations, rallies and awareness programs to encourage kids to choose their words carefully.
"Words do hurt," Jason Lance said. "A broken arm will heal. Sores will heal. Sometimes words stick with you forever."
Debbie Lance leaves behind her husband and a seven-year-old son.
Jason Lance said he is planning a memorial for his wife that will likely be held next week.