Vivian Faye Dunn, aged 93, died peacefully in her sleep at Windsor Place in Coffeyville KS on April 3, 2018.
Vivian was the daughter of Walter Henry and Annie (Stephens) Henry of Washburn, MO. Her parents and her three brothers, Walter Clyde Henry, Oliver O’Dell Henry and Paul Dexter Henry all preceded her in death. Vivian married William Arnett Dunn on Oct. 7, 1940, in Independence, KS. He also preceded her in death on February 6, 1991. They moved to Coffeyville in September, 1941, where they lived their entire married life, except for the time he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the U.S. Army, where he earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Vivian was a homemaker most of her life, except for the short times she worked in retail at Sears, Newberry’s, Kress Co. and H. D. Lee Manufacturing. Vivian enjoyed many activities including: crocheting, tating, knitting, and especially quilting, winning many Blue Ribbons, Grand and Reserve Champion Ribbons for her crocheting and quilting. When the weather permitted, she loved tending her flowers and watching the birds from her porch swing. She was a proud “Granny”, attending many ball games and other school activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her family, friends, and her special neighbors the Azuara family.
Vivian is survived by her four children, Bobby L. Dunn (Kathleen) of Pittsfield, IL, JoAnn Braschler (Leon) of Coffeyville, William J. Dunn (Karen) of Pittsburg, KS and Gayla D. Wallace (Bob) of Pittsburg, KS. Survivors also include nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Services celebrating the life of Vivian will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS with family friend, Ken Henry officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 am to service time on Saturday. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family has suggested memorial contributions be made payable to Coffeyville Friends of Animals or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in memory of Vivian. Contributions may be left in care of the chapel. To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com
This is strange. I was thinking about Vivian on the 2nd and was going to go visit her but didn't feel good. I didn't know she died till the 7th when I got the Sat. Paper. So missed the funeral. I loved her very much and talked on the phone quite a bit. She said she had pain in her face. She lived a long life and I am sure she was ready to see Bill. I know you all will miss her. She was a Special Lady. God Bless You All!! Love, Mary
Mary Grigsby SmithCoffeyville, KS
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sister Janelle Ann BrittainCoffeyville, KS
We are truly saddened by the loss of our beautiful neighbor Vivian. We will always carry her in our hearts and memories. Her wonderful personality and loving character will always be cherished. She was the kindest and most warming neighbor one could have! We love her & will miss her, as well as her brightening smile. May she Rest In Peace.
Azuara FamilyCoffeyville, KS
Sorry to hear about your loss. Vivan is first cousin of my Mom, Helen Henry Houston, she was one of my Mom's favorite. I always enjoyed visiting with Vivan, she was a very sweet person. Prayers is with the family. Allene Taylor
Allene TaylorWashburn, MO
We were saddened to hear of Vivian's death. What a Sweetheart she was! We have so many fond memories of her; especially, the years she was among those of us following the Baseball Team all over Kansas. I will always remember that beautiful smile. Our sympathy to all her family.
Kathy and Larry SeigelCoffeyville, KS
We are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Arthur and Vickie (Starnes) CranorCoffeyville, KS
Bob and Kathleen and the rest of the family, those of us in Pittsfield will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your loved one.
Maary Lea PrenticePittsfield, IL
I am saddened to hear about Vivian's passing. I first met her when I was teaching at McKinley and Bill"Gunga" Dunn (as we affectionately called him) was working there as well. She would always send wonderful treats to the staff. One day Bill brought some beautiful samples of her Christmas ornaments to school and I knew I had to have some. As it turned out, I bought tons of them, not only for me but for my sister and mother. We are still using them today. I always enjoyed visiting with her and am still using many of her recipes that she was gracious enough to share with me. What a grand lady she was. May you find comfort in knowing that she is in God's presence. My prayers are with the entire family.
Linda Handshumaker, KS
I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a good friend of my mothers. I know they are looking down on us from Heaven's doors. I am praying for the family.
Karen Schell BartholomewTulsa, OK
We are so sorry for your loss. Vivian was such a sweet, vibrant woman. I have fond memories of her at the craft shows. Love and prayers from our family to yours.
Becky BachmanHiawatha, KS