SUSSEX - Vivien Anne Tyra, 80, of Sussex, was called home to her final resting on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, following a short illness. Vivien was born and raised in London, England, the youngest child of Charles Crooks and Violet Solomon. She was predeceased by her brother, Reginald Crooks; and her husband, Harris William Tyra. She is survived by her three sons: Neil William Tyra (wife Noel) of Darnestown, Md.; Ian Harris Tyra (wife Roxanne) of Sterling, Va.; and Mark Charles Tyra (wife Pam) of Lusby, Md. She also is survived by her five grandchildren: Bernadette Anne Tyra of Hollywood, Calif.; Jennifer Ashleigh Crooks Tyra of Columbia, Md.; Brady Quentin Tyra of Athens, Ga.; Courtney Elizabeth Crooks Tyra of California, Md..; Clark Harris Tyra of Asheville, N.C.; and her nephew, Anthony Crooks, of East Sussex, England. A longtime resident of Sussex, Ms. Vivien was the beloved infant caregiver at Kiddie Academy and Rainbows of Learning for many years and for hundreds of babies. She was a dedicated military wife, an avid cook, craft show attendee, and active grandmother. She previously served as a leader in Cub Scouts, Sunday School and PTAs. During World War II, she was evacuated from downtown London, along with 3.5 million other children, in "Operation Pied Piper" that began 74 years to the day of Vivien's passing. The family will receive visitors in Maryland at a date and time to be determined. Vivien will be interred with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Sept. 3, 2013