A lifelong resident of the area, Vivien Reddick passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, January 16 following a brief illness. A resident of the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg, she was in her 98th year.
The daughter of George and Bessie (nee McIntosh) Barclay, Vivien was born in Williamsburg. She attended public school in the village, carried on her studies at Morrisburg Collegiate and furthered her education with a business course in Brockville.
This led her to jobs at the Bank of Montreal in Williamsburg during the Doctor Locke era and later at the Iroquois Branch.
Vivien also took vocal and piano lessons. These talents saw her performing at local weddings and funerals and earned her invitations to join a n umber of choirs through the years. She thoroughly enjoyed the musical side of her life.
A member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Vivien was honoured by the congregation when she retired from playing the organ. The plaque presented to her read, “For outstanding and dedicated service to God and His Church for 17 years as organist and choir director (1972-1988).
A member of St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg, Vivien played the organ for services there, for services at the Hartford and other denominational services when called upon to fill in.
Family, church and community brought Vivien happiness through the years.
Vivien married Arthur Johnston of Dixon’s Corners at St. Peter’s on June 13, 1942. Together they owned and operated the General Store and Post Office at Dixon’s Corners for 27 years.
Vivien went on to work at the post office in Morrisburg when she and Art retired to the village in 1969.
She was the beloved wife of Arthur, who predeceased her in 1970.
Vivien continued to drive her own car until 2003 when she moved out of her home and into the Hartford. She was a skilled quilter and produced beautiful creations for the Red Cross from 1970 to 2007. She worked her magic at the Hartford through the wonderful age of 91.
At the Hartford, Vivien looked forward to the days when Morrisburg Public School grade six students visited. She enjoyed walking and took part in daily exercises until her hospitalization.
In January of 1974, at St. John’s Anglican Church, Iroquois, Vivien married Bill Reddick. She and Bill enjoyed trips south during the winter months until he passed away in 1997.
Vivien was the loving mother of Roger (Sandra Lee) Johnston of Iroquois, Barbara Watson (Edwin Froats) of Morrisburg and Sidney Johnston of Williamsburg.
She will be missed by grandchildren: Ryan (Jillian) and Jeremy (Rebecca) Johnston of Iroquois, Stephanie (Robert Wells) Vyfvinkel of Brinston, Douglas (Michelle Wood) of Iroquois, Melissa (Matt Sauro) Johnston-Sauro of Ottawa, Adele (Noel Isaacs) of Three Hills Alberta and Kaelic (Jackie McIntyre) Johnston of Williamsburg.
She will be fondly remembered by great-grandchildren: Ethan, Isabella and Madison Johnston, Ashton Vyfvinkel and Evelyn Sauro.
Vivien was predeceased by her parents, two younger brothers, Douglas (Joyce) and Eric (Joy) Barclay, a daughter-in-law Fay Johnston and a son-in-law George Watson.
Friends called at the Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg on Sunday, January 20.
The funeral service was performed b y Rev. Sue McCullough at the home on Monday, January 21.
Vivien’s eldest son Roger delivered the eulogy. Eleanor Van Allen’s vocal tribute and Ann Langabeer’s music added something special to the service.
Interment will be in the spring at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Iroquois. Vivien’s grandchildren will be pallbearers.