Vivian Fern “Mammaw” Kitchens, 84, of Arkoma passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark., after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Vivian was born April 18, 1928, in Summerfield to Urba and Georgie (Hayes) Brown. She was a teacher in the Greenwood school system and was retired from the Fort Smith school system. She loved and was very passionate about her profession and her students. She was of the Baptist faith. Mammaw was a generous person who loved sewing for her family and shopping with and for them. Mammaw had style. She was an All-State basketball player in 1944.
Vivian was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Marie Newman, Esbia Ramsey, Leonora Hankins, Lorraine Barrickand Reba Maynor; and infant sisters Blue Bell and Willie.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Neil Kitchens, three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Walter King, Lujane and David Buttress of Arkoma and Gregg and Joan Goss of Perkins; four grandchildren, Bo and Renea Buttress of Van Buren, Jake and Ginger Goss of Little Elm, Texas, Jarrod Buttress of Dickinson, Texas and Jaycee and Travis Elliott of Poteau; great-granddaughters, Addison Buttress and Timber Goss; sisters, Bobbie Burgess of DeQueen, Ark., and Urbia Dean and Delbert Earls of Wagoner; special niece, Thersa Hankins of Wister ; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 25, at Evans Chapel of Memories with Jake Goss and the Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Fort Smith. The family will visit with relatives and friends at Evans and Miller Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
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