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Vivian Stephens
April 21, 1919 – January 14, 2012

Stayton – Vivian, 92, died Saturday, January 14 in Stayton. She was born in Tillamook, the first of four daughters born to Art and Edna Raney, and grew up mostly in the Tillamook area. Like so many of her generation, she had to learn to stretch every dollar. From losing her mother when Vivian was just 18, to losing most of the family possessions in the Vanport flood, to finding herself at age 29 a widow with three young sons. Vivian developed an inner strength and resilience she carried for the rest of her life. Even during difficult times she always succeeded in providing a stable home for her family.

She married Joseph H. Smith, a native of Rhode Island who came west to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps, living in Tillamook, Portland, and Vanport. Following his death she married Bay City resident Owen Stephens and had one more son. The family moved to the mid-valley in 1954, settling near Aumsville, and in 1963 moved to Stayton where she had resided since. She enjoyed her role as a homemaker. Vivian enjoyed camping and family picnics, reading, and watching television. Her tastes were simple and she had no pretensions. She had slowed down in recent years from a variety of physical ailments but was still making her own decisions about her care, even through her final illness. She never gave up.

She was preceded in death by both husbands; by sons, Mickey Smith (Kyle Brenner) and Robert Smith; by sisters, Veda Silva and Bobbie Dorsey. She is survived by son, Don Smith of Piedmont, CA., son and daughter-in-law: Dick and Mary Jo Stephens of Salem, sister: Helen Trachsel of Seaside; 5 – grandchildren and 5 – great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She loved us all, and she is already missed.

Special thanks go to Dr. Matt Degner, nurse Edie, and the entire office for many years of excellent care. Special thanks also go to the staff at Santiam Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion during Vivian’s final illness. A private interment was held at Lone Oak Cemetery in Stayton. A memorial will be held at a later date. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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