2015-09-24 / Obituaries

Vivian McQuarrie

Vivian McQuarrie died Sept. 20 after a long struggle with Alzheimers. She was

94 years old.

Vivian was born to Mable and Russell Dukett on Sept. 1, 1921 (they were 16 years old) in Springfield, Ill. Vivian was adopted by Grace and Elza Clayton as an infant. Grace died of cancer when Vivian was eight years old. When she was 15, Vivian and her father (Elza) moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Vivian liked to read, encouraged her children and grandchildren to get an education. She often said her biggest regret was not getting her high school diploma. She married George McQuarrie Dec. 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. George was a Navy pilot; they were married 69 years, and had three children, James, Ellie and Georgia. The most important thing in the world to Vivian was always her family.

Vivian was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She served as an officer in PTA for 10 years, was a Girl Scout leader, always a room mother. Vivian really loved the Navy; moving and seeing new places. They were stationed in Maryland, Florida, California, Hawaii and Tennessee. George, a Navy pilot, retired after 25 years of service in 1960. They were living in Sunnyvale at the time. They moved to Garden Grove while George attended chiropractic college. George opened his chiropractic practice in Poway in 1965, and Vivian worked in his office. Vivian was a very successful Avon lady. She also worked at J.C. Penney for many years.

In 1979 the couple moved to Mariposa to be near their daughter, Ellie, and their grandchildren. Vivian loved her three grandchildren, Eric and Vicki Britt and Tyler Farmer. George and Vivian took the grandchildren on trips across the United States in their motorhome for several summers.

Vivian loved her great-grandchildren — Chris, George and Clyde Britt, and Cassidy and Shealyn Engfer and spent as much time as possible with them. They all loved Granny Mac and Papa Buddy. Vivian attended all school activities, dance recitals, karate tournaments, graduations, ball games, birthday parties, volunteered in the classroom, was team mom for the soccer team, etc. The great-grandchildren looked forward to their annual camping trip to Santa Cruz with Granny Mac and Papa Buddy.

Vivian was a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly for 20 years and looked forward to the Tuesday meetings. She was a lifetime member of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her son, James in 1955; her great-grandson, Chris Britt in 2010, and her husband, George, in 2010.

Vivian is survived by her daughters Ellie McQuarrie and Georgia Smith, and her grandchildren Eric Britt, Vicki Kent and Tyler Farmer. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, George and Clyde Britt, and Cassidy and Shealyn Engfer.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hylond Skilled Nursing in Merced for the excellent care they gave Vivian.

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