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March 10, 2018
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Tami Barnes Confer
March 09, 2018
Vivian lit up a room with her vivacity, her joie de vivre, and her graceful, classy elegance. Like her namesake, Vivian, of Arthurian legend fame, she was our own Lady of the Lake as she grew up. Tall, lithe, and graceful, VIvi loved spending her summers walking amidst lady slippers in deep, piney woods, boating, swimming, and enjoying nature's beauty surrounding and reflected in Lake Wyola's shimmering expansiveness. Family weekends and Girl Scout camp-outs at her family's lakefront camp, built with loving care by her Uncle Bill and her father, live on in our collective minds as this is the stuff that dreams are made on. Many a nature-filled day was rounded out by day's end with the companionship of a Girl Scouts' sing-a-long or happily contented conversation in front of a blazing fire in the stone fireplace, which was built by Vivi's uncle and father with a precision that would rival any Scottish lord's castle's construction. On a recent trip to visit our family, Vivi and we made a pilgrimage to Lake Wyola to relive those magical, golden days of our youth. Her father and uncle's stone fireplace still stands, as neatly constructed and as solid as ever, a pillar of strength and symbol of Scottish pride for the now year-round home that this camp has become, situated on the shores of Vivi's beloved Lake Wyola.
My sister Carolyn and Vivi would enliven our own living room at home in their youth with their rock and roll music and dancing, and as years sped by, posing for pictures in their Girl Scout uniforms and badge-laden sashes when they flew up (the equivalent of Eagle Scout for Girl Scouting), in their prom gowns, in their white gowns for their installations in succession as Worthy Advisors in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and in their crimson and gold Chicopee High School graduation gowns with National Honor Society and Pro Merito Society sashes for graduating with honors distinction. They travelled with their Faith Methodist Youth Group under the leadership of Rev. McKeon and his wife to tour Washington, D.C., during their winter school break, shortly after President John F. Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States. Vivi, Carolyn, Hazel, and Sandy were a close-knit group of classmates and friends. Meeting (and for some even introducing), dating, and later marrying Soldier Boys of their own, they moved to different parts of the country and the world, raising wonderful families of their own. It is a tribute to the values of the wonderful girls that they were and the equally wonderful women that they became, that these thoughtful, caring, intelligent, family-loving, and loyal friends maintained their lifelong friendships beyond space, time, and even death.
Each year on the anniversary of my late sister Carolyn's birthday, Vivi would always thoughtfully send my mother a beautifully written card in remembrance of Carolyn, my mother's daughter and Vivi's lifelong friend. Friendship and family, thoughtfulness and caring, genuineness and loyalty were the hallmarks of this vivacious and graceful, faith-filled and ebullient, down-to-earth and elegantly classy Lady of the Lake, Vivian. Vivi's dancing spirit lives on in our hearts forever. Our prayers, love, and thoughts are with you all.
March 08, 2018
"To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die."
--Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet (1774-1844)

Vivi lives in our hearts forever, a dear and much loved, lifelong friend. Your touching tribute to Vivi is so moving and beautiful. What a dancing spirit of life and love Vivi is, who lives in our hearts forever! Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all.
March 05, 2018
I worked with Vivian for many years at the bank. She was a wonderful person. My condolences to her family.
March 05, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to Viv's family. She was a remarkable lady and we'll always have wonderful memories of her.
March 05, 2018
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of the Bright/Bowman family. Vivian was a special friend, especially in the early years in Millheim. We shared a lot together and everything the obituary said reflects my feelings for her, too. Prayers for all at this difficult time.
March 04, 2018
Paula and Wade,

So sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a fun loving person. I still remember her laugh. May your good memories bring healing to your hearts.

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