Vivian Karamanian

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Vivian Roberta Karamanian (née Melvin) passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas after a sudden, short illness. Vivian was born on December 2, 1932 in Winter Haven, Florida. Known to everyone as Roberta, she was the only child of Edgar H. and Alice Melvin. She graduated from Winter Haven High School, where she played in the band, and then studied nursing at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Roberta was a registered nurse at Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. On May 21, 1955, she married 1st Lt. John N. Karamanian, an Air Force pilot. His work took them to a number of Air Force bases around the United States and to Tachikawa AFB, Japan. She and John moved to San Antonio in 1977 when he took a job with Swearingen Aviation. A prolific writer, Roberta is remembered by her friends for her regular cards and letters and for her annual Christmas poem. Anyone who came into frequent contact with her, e.g., the hairdresser, grocer, and seamstress, usually became a friend and thereafter would also receive her holiday cards and notes. She was known for the kindness and care she afforded every person whom she met. An active member of the Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church, she was the corresponding secretary of the church's Women's Association. She and her husband attended the church's Sunday service and Sunday school on a regular basis. She is survived by her husband, John N. Karamanian (Lt. Col. USA, Retired) and four children along with seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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A private graveside service will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church at the address above.
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