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Vivian Elaine(Larsen) (Kelly) Vincent
Sep 15, 1920 - Dec 4, 2019
Submitted by Jo Aguirre

© Cathey Wilder

© Kingfisher Times & Free Press

With great sadness we announce the passing of Vivian Kelly Vincent, our loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman and she touched all those who knew her.

On Dec. 4, 2019 she went to be with her heavenly Father while surrounded by her loving family.

Vivian was born on a farm northeast of Dover to John and Hazel Larsen on Sept. 15, 1920. She married C.J. “Chod” Kelly on Dec. 5, 1936. To this union three children were born; Wanda, Jimmy and Debi.

She was a dedicated wife and mother and her family was always a fi rst priority. She instilled strong Christian beliefs in her children and grandchildren. She loved to cook and sew and was always a farm girl at heart. Gardening, canning and managing a cow/calf operation were her passion.

Careers during this period of her life included: farming alongside her husband, jail matron, dispatcher and cook for the Kingfisher County Sheriff’s office and teller at the local bank. After the death of her husband in 1963, Vivian became the lunchroom manager at Dover Public Schools. There was never a better cook and the students loved her homemade hot rolls and ginger snap cookies.

In 1973, Vivian married Donald Vincent and retired from Dover School to travel and enjoy family.

With this union she gained three more daughters; Donna Kay Terrell, Betty Edwards and Ruthie Bilderback. Vivian loved Christmas when she could gather family for fun and fellowship.

Vivian was a member of the Dover Christian Church and a lifetime member of the Hennessey Order of Eastern Star. Other organizations that she was active in were: Oak View Grange and The Sons and Daughters of the 89ers. She received the honorary Chapter Farmer award from the Dover FFA and was awarded the Hall of Fame award for Dover School support staff.

Vivian is survived by her children Wanda Claunch, Kingfisher; Debi Trout and husband Keith, Dover; Donna Kay Terrell and husband Melvin, Dover; Betty Edwards and husband Tom, Grand Rapids Michigan; and Ruthie Bilderback, Guthrie; Grandchildren: Kelly Mayes and wife Sherri, Chesapeake, Virginia; Karla Ludwig and husband John, Okarche; Tara Kinsel and husband Jerry, Lakeside, Ariz.; Bret Mayes and Wife Sandi, Dover; Brad Mayes and wife Jana Michelle, Cashion; Kristi Kelly-Bolner and husband Chris, Kingfisher; Chod Trout and wife Jessie, Kingfi sher; Brenda Terrell, Mannford; Greg Terrell and wife Roz, Dover; Debi Edwards; Tammie Walker and husband Mike; Tom Edwards II and wife Kim; Michael and wife Danielle all from Michigan; Trilla Cranford and husband Dustin, Dover; Nathan Guinn and wife Stephanie, Dover; Blair Alexander and husband Brendon, Guthrie; and Tammy Gallo and husband David, Dover; 38 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two children, one grandchild, one great grandchild, one great-great grandchild and her sister.

To celebrate Vivian’s 99th, a funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, at Dover Christian Church, Dover.

Burial followed in Banner Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Banner Cemetery Association or Dover Christian Church.
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