Vivian Schulman Brown was a loving wife to her late husband, Irving, and mother to Eric Brown and Ellen Smith.
She was born on Sept. 7, 1922, and passed away on Sept. 1, 2013, at the fighting age of 90, sleeping soundly in her home. A peach, Vivian grew up in Albany, Ga., with her sister, Jeanette, brother, Sonny, and her parents, Esther and Sam Schulman. She was a swimmer, a humble worker and a good friend.
One fateful day while attending a Temple service in Albany, Vivian met the love of her life, Irving Brown, a Brooklyn-raised Army Air Force soldier stationed nearby. The two married in 1946 and later moved to Oceanside, N.Y., where they lived many happy years together.
Known as Mama to those she loved, Vivian was the best cook, master of Sunday brunches, and raised her children to work hard and finish their plates. Vivian's gentle strength and big heart made her home a welcoming place that was always filled with friends and family. She had a knack for observing boisterous family conversations, absorbing the chatter and chiming in with the funniest and truest line of the evening - complete with a wink and her warm smile.
Vivian loved to play gin rummy and eat her signature chocolate lady finger cake with her grandchildren, Hillary and Diana Smith, and Ryan Jacobsen. From them, she earned the name of "personal self-esteem booster," as she was a kind, generous and quick-witted grandmother.
In 2004, Mama and Papa, her Irving, moved to Kingston, to be closer to their family. After the passing of her handyman husband, Vivian moved to Shavertown to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and David Smith.
A powerful force in the lives of those she loved, Vivian "Mama" Schulman Brown will live on through her legacy of sugar, teaching her family and friends to always wear a sweet smile, a sweet tooth and a sweet spirit.
Graveside funeral service was conducted Tuesday in Temple Israel Cemetery, Swoyersville. Rabbi Larry Kaplan officiated. Shiva will be observed noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at 5 Breeze Way, Shavertown.
Arrangements are by the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre.
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Published in Times Leader on Sept. 3, 2013