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October 1, 1925 February 25, 2018
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Vivian Marie (Frazier) Lewis, age 92, of Republic, MO went home to be with her Lord on February 25, 2018. The same day date as her Mother. She was the daughter of the late Bill and Julia Frazier.

Vivian was born pretty. She was always complimented on her delightful smile and lovely blue eyes. Her beauty in so many ways will be forever missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Vivian knew she was lucky to have been raised on the family farm between Billings and Clever. Since she was an only child, she received lots of family attention, especially from her grandfather John Teide, whom she will be buried beside. Her playmates were a sheep, a goat, a dog named Shep, and neighboring farm cousins and friends. She loved watching baby chicks hatch from an incubator. She possessed fond memories of large meals, especially when extra farm hands were hired during harvest time. She enjoyed the barn dances. She attended St. Joe’s, a one room schoolhouse. The boys wore overalls and the girls wore dresses made from feed sack fabric. They all adored their teachers.

She attended Republic High School, graduation class of 1943. Her classmates became lifelong cherished friends. Planning and attending class reunions was a yearly thrill for her. During high school, she played the clarinet and was in a baton troupe always giving credit to their band director, Bud Thurman, who created their batons from steel pipe and rubber balls on each end. Vivian thoroughly enjoyed her school days.

After high school, she attended and graduated from Draughon’s Business College in Springfield, MO. Her first job was in Springfield’s Woodruff Building working for an insurance company and she enjoyed “city life”. She married Charles Edward Lewis in 1947; they were married for 32 years. After marrying, his work took them to Ohio, Texas, Kansas, and they lived in Sikeston, MO for 15 years. After having two children, she enjoyed being a Mother, homemaker, operating several in-home sales endeavors, worked outside the home in clerical positions, was a Candy Striper volunteer at the hospital, and was an active member of the First Christian Church of Sikeston. Her religious beliefs were passed down to her children. Along with her husband, she participated in activities associated with the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce, Jaycee’s, Elks Lodge, Little Theatre, Eastern Star, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Little League Baseball. While in Sikeston, best friends were made. In 1974, they returned to Battlefield, MO. Vivian retired from Public Water Supply District No. 1, Battlefield, MO.

She purchased a home in Republic, MO along with her Mother. She took care of her Mother until she passed at 97 years of age. In Republic, she became an active member of the Hood Methodist Church, and a member of a women’s group who called themselves “The Forty-niners”. Their philanthropic endeavor was Republic’s People Helping People, a social services organization. Vivian spent time with her daughter in Wentzville, MO. While there, she developed close friendships with neighbors and many others at the Green Lantern Senior Center.

She is survived by her son, Jim Lewis, and her daughter and son-in-law, Mike and Jan Day. She is also survived by two grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and 1 great great granddaughter, 4 nephews, 1 niece, cousins, other family members, cherished friends, and her beautiful calico cat, Callie.

Vivian’s visitation will be from 5:30 until 7:30 P.M., Friday, March 2, 2018, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, MO. ­­­­­The funeral will be held at 10:00 A.M., March 3rd, in the original sanctuary of the Hood United Methodist Church, Republic. Ministers Gary Griffin and Jim Oman will officiate. Burial will follow in Kerr Cemetery.

To honor Vivian’s legacy, memorial donations can be made to People Helping People, Republic, MO or to the Humane Society of Southwest MO, Springfield, MO.

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