Vivian Whittington


Vivian LaRue Whittington passed away on Sunday night May 23rd at Nielson Place in Bemidji at the age of 99.

There will be a private, family only, graveside service on Thursday, May 26th, 2022.

Arrangements are with the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.

Vivian was born in Roff, OK October 27th, 1922 to Virgil and Nell (Click) Glover.

She was the 2nd of 9 children. She graduated from Mclish High School in Fittstown, OK where she was a good student and played girl’s basketball. She met and married Leland Lorenze Whittington Nov. 2, 1945 (after he returned from the Pacific theater of WWII). They were married in a courtroom in Ada, OK and remained married until Lee’s death in February 1999. After 5 years in various locations in Oklahoma while Lee was working in the oil industry. They moved to Bemidji in Dec. 1950, arriving in a 20” snowstorm with 2 small children. While Lee provided for the family working for Lakehead Pipeline, Vivian provided a home for the family. She raised her 3 children; Rick, Brenda, and Rory, while taking care of home life as the quintessential Homemaker. Cooking, cleaning, gardening, sewing, and canning. After raising a family she had time for hobbies such as: Bowling, Rosemaling, wood carving and painting. She was very talented and left some of her artwork for all of her children and grandchildren to remember her. Vivian was a kind, gentle woman who was known for her soft, southern accent that she never lost. She will always be remembered by those she left behind:

She is survived by her daughter; Brenda Myers, her sons; Rick (Cheryl) Whittington, and Rory (Denise) Whittington.

Her Grandchildren: Jody (Randy) Johnson, Justin Whittington, Chelsy (Andy Mattson) Whittington, Travis (Kate) Whittington

Her Great Grandchildren: Jake Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Wyatt Whittington, Savannah Whittington

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or a charity of your choice.

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