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Vivian Daniel

Died: July 6, 2018

Vivian Daniel died on July 6 at the age of 90. She was born in 1927 in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana to Grady and Myrtis Colvin.  She grew up in Ruston Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Secretarial Science.  After graduating, she moved to Baton Rouge, LA where she worked as a secreta…read more

Vivian Daniel died on July 6 at the age of 90. She was born in 1927 in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana to Grady and Myrtis Colvin.  She grew up in Ruston Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Secretarial Science.  After graduating, she moved to Baton Rouge, LA where she worked as a secretary in the Louisiana State Department of Education.  While living and working in Baton Rouge, she met her future husband, John I. Daniel III, on a blind date.  They married on July 31, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.  Once he was commissioned as an officer and pilot in the US Air Force, she joined him in support of his 30 year military career.  Vivian moved with John to many Air Force bases across the US and Europe, while they traveled the world and raised their family of four children.  Their military life led them to live in San Antonio, TX; Pontlevoy, France; Frankfurt, Germany; Amarillo, Texas; Trier, Germany; and, Huntingdon, England (near Cambridge).  Living in Europe just a few years after World War II required creativity and tenacity, and Vivian became adept at making a home for her young family.  After they returned a second time to the US, they lived in Stillwater, OK; Newport News, Virginia; Topeka, Kansas; and Hampton, Virginia.  In 1972, they returned to Baton Rouge, LA.  In Baton Rouge, Vivian assisted John in his role as Commandant of Cadets at LSU by hosting parties for the LSU ROTC students.  She enjoyed being back in her home state.  Vivian learned to play bridge on their first military assignment, and this became a passion of hers throughout her life.  She hosted many bridge parties and enjoyed friendships with the people they met through bridge.  She was a longtime member of both St. John’s United Methodist Church and the Baton Rouge AQ chapter of P.E.O.  When John developed Parkinson’s disease, Vivian was a devoted caretaker to him, until his death in 1994.  She did the same for her mother, who died in 1990.  In 2007, Vivian moved to St. James Retirement Community. She enjoyed her time there with many friends, lots of bridge games, and other activities.  She was happy that her daughter Sharon lived nearby and visited often; this was especially important during the final years of Sharon’s life.  Vivian will be remembered for her gentle and kind spirit, her beautiful style and charm, and her love of family.  Vivian is preceded in death by her husband, John I. Daniel III, mother Myrtis Colvin, father Grady Colvin, daughter Sharon Daniel Fife, brother DeVon Colvin, sister-in-law Sophia Colvin,  granddaughter Victoria Daniel, grandson Nathan Eaton, and nephew Todd Colvin. She is survived by three children: Janet Daniel Riley (Roseville, CA); John Craig Daniel and wife Patricia (League City, TX); and Connie Daniel Kamerling and husband Steve (Kalamazoo, MI); as well as seven grandchildren: Jennifer Riley; Adam Riley and wife Kristy; Kimberly Riley Velo and husband Steven; Christopher Riley; Ryan Eaton; Elizabeth Eaton and fiancé Edwin Pina; and, Gabrielle Daniel Arndt and husband Jake; and eight great-grandchildren: Kai Riley; Vivian Velo; Isabel Velo; Connor Riley; Brayden Riley; Sebastian Pina; Colette Arndt; and Amelia Louise Arndt. She is also survived by sister-in-law Sue Daniel Kruse and  husband Reinhard (Philadelphia, PA); and two nephews: DeVon Colvin and wife Griselda; and Gary Colvin and wife Jeanette. A memorial service will be held on July 11 at 10:30 am at St. James Place Retirement Community, Convocation Room, with a reception to follow.  A private interment will be held. The family thanks Amedisys Hospice and St. James Place nurses, aides and staff for the care they provided. For those wishing to make a contribution in memory of Vivian, the family suggests donations can be made to St. John’s Methodist Church, American Association of  Cancer Research, American Parkinson Disease Association, or a charity of choice.

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Time: 10:30 am -

St. James Place Retirement Community

Address:

333 West Lee Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

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