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Vivian G. Harrington

May 12, 1940 - June 6, 2019


Vivian G. Harrington’s spirit quietly left this earth to be home with the Lord on June 6, 2019, in Salem, Oregon.
 
She was born Vivian Thompson on May 12, 1940 in Washington, DC, to Frances and Howard B. Thompson.  Vivian graduated from Anacostia High School, then worked as a secretary at the Internal Revenue Service.  She married Larry Harrington in November 1960, and the Navy led them to the Tidewater area of Virginia, where they raised their family.  Vivian worked in clerical support for the City of Virginia Beach’s Investigations division for twenty years.  She was a member of Virginia Beach Christian Church, where she coordinated the church nursery for fourteen years.  The nursery is now named in her honor, in memory of her amazing ability to soothe the fussiest baby or the crankiest toddler.
 
Vivian is predeceased by her sister, Irene Ritchey, and brother, Howard B. Thompson Jr.  Vivian is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Larry Harrington; her daughter, Susan Downs, and son-in-law Frank Downs; son Larry Jr., daughter-in-law Nancy and grandson Avery; son Roger, daughter-in-law Kimberley, and grandsons Alex and Ethan, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
 
A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Salem Evangelical Church, 455 Locust St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.

 

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Vivian was my first cousin four years younger.  As her dad my uncle Tommy had passed away she shared my dad Jack Thompson as we all lived in Washington, DC as we grew up in the heart of a warm loving family.  Vivian was the kindest person I ever knew.  God bless Larry and the kids during this time.  Love, Jacki and Don Colvin, North Haven, CT



MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU ALL.  I TRIED TO COME TO THE FUNERAL,BUT I WENT TO THE WRONG CHURCH. VIVIAN WAS A GRACIOUS LADY AND WILL BE MISSED BY MANY PEOPLE. IN CHRISTS LOVE, EILEEN SHINN  



Hi Larry,
I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  I always enjoyed seeing and talking with her before your parents moved from Virginia Beach.  She was such a kind person.  

Hope you are doing well.  My thoughts and prayers are with one of my favorite third grade students.  

With deepest sympathy, 
Linda Widgeon
 



We are so sorry for your loss.  What a wonderful person was Vivian!!!
God bless you all, Mick & Susie