May 25, 1926-October 18, 2012
Vivian E. Whipple, 86, long-time resident of Newport Center, joined the love of her life for eternity when she passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at North Country Hospital in Newport on October 18, 2012. She was born on May 25, 1926, in Westfield, the daughter of Ralph Willis and Elsie Besaw.
Vivian Elsie Willis married Gilbert Whipple on December 29, 1943. She loved him with her entire heart and soul, and she loved her life as a farmer’s wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, and a great-great-grandmother. She found total joy from a life some might consider mundane and simple because she always understood there is no job title that holds greater prestige than that of wife, mother, and grandmother.
She raised her six children—and she helped raise many others who called her “Ma”… “Mom”… “Grammy…” and “Aunt Vivian.” She could prepare a meal that would cause the world’s most famous chefs to nod in approval. She could wake up in the morning and have a dozen pies cooling in the kitchen before 8 a.m. She could plant a garden that would make people who were driving by it stop their vehicle to take a closer look at the perfection and the bounty. She could turn that garden into shelves full of pickles, jam, relish, and vegetables to share with friends and family throughout the winter. She could convince her young grandchildren that there was no greater token of her love for them than the firm tap of a wooden cooking spoon on their behind to remind them of the importance of appropriate behavior. She would drop whatever she was doing at a moment’s notice to go and help a neighbor in need. She worked hard, she loved freely, and she touched many with her kindness.
Vivian and Gilbert Whipple lived a long and beautiful love story, and she was never able to get a mind’s eye picture of her life without him. Her wealth was not defined in money, but she gave her family a gift that all the riches in the world cannot purchase—the gift of knowing she always stood beside them, and she always loved them without question. She is greatly loved, and she will be greatly missed. Vivian leaves her six children: Joyce Twing of Chelsea; Evelyn Kelley of Newport Center; Beverly Schinck and her husband Denis of Highwater, Quebec; Donna Whipple of Cranston, Rhode Island; Wayne Whipple of Wells River and his long-time friend Arthur Hull of Boston, Massachusetts; and Ed Whipple and his wife Kate of Coventry; her eight grandchildren: Shawn Twing and his wife Collins of Chelsea; Carmen McCammon of Newport; Carla Whipple of Cranston, Rhode Island; Jeremy Schinck of Grand Prarie, Alberta; Vance Schinck of Fulford, Quebec; Ryan and Connor Fletcher of Coventry; and Brooke Thomas of North Troy; her nine great-grandchildren: Seth Demers of Newport; Trisha, Autumn, Deztyni, Marquis, and Vincent Whipple, all of Cranston, Rhode Island; Kari Twing of Chelsea; and Macy and Cody Schinck of Fulford, Quebec; and one great-great-granddaughter Emily Jane Demers of Newport; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband in 2010, her mother in 1931, her father in 1960, her four brothers: Richard Willis in 1953, Cecil Willis in 1992, Lawrence Willis in 1998, and Donald Willis in 2000, an infant son Calvin in 1951, and a son-in-law Bruce Twing in 1999.
Please join the family for calling hours on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4675 Darling Hill in Newport. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Newport Center Advent Christian Church. After the funeral, friends are invited to follow the hearse for Vivian’s final tribute ride on the Number 12 Road past the farmstead and home she loved to her resting place beside her husband at the Newport Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a contribution in Vivian’s memory be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, VT 05860. In lieu of flowers or monetary contributions, there would be no greater tribute to Vivian’s memory than to simply perform a random act of kindness for someone in need.
The family wishes to extend sincere gratitude to Dr. Larry Sisson, Dr. Virginia McDougal, and to all the nurses in the Intensive Care Unit at North Country Hospital for their kindness and attentive care to Vivian and to her family members during our difficult days following her surgery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com . Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.