Vivian V. (Mansur) Clark died peacefully in her sleep on September 30, 2021. A few days later she would be 97 years old. She wasn't ill — it was just time to go to heaven. She is spending eternity in the presence of her God, Jesus and the saints in heaven.
Vivian was born November 2, 1924 to Minnis Vance and Veda (McCall) Mansur in Lawton, Oklahoma. She graduated from Abilene Christian College (ACC); now Abilene Christian University (ACU) where she met and married Chris Clark.
They lived in Andrews, Texas and Herford, Texas before returning to live in Abilene. In 1968, Chris and Vivian bought their home and lived there for 53 years. They strategically bought their home a block from ACU which was a big part of her life. She was very active in the Women for ACU "museum" where she usually served as Treasurer. For years she loved to help develop the brick walkway.
Vivian was gifted as a teacher. She retired from the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) after teaching in various elementary grades. She taught her Sunday School 4th grade "kiddos" at University Church of Christ for more than three decades. She rarely had a substitute. At age 87 she called a nephew to ask if she was too old to teach. Wisely, the nephew said she would know when it is time to pass the torch. Two weeks before she died she asked if a Great Niece would come visit so she could teach her some more piano cords. Vivian loved to teach.
Vivian and Chris were happily part of the Grub Hub Bunch who met weekly, often at the Town Crier. The "bunch" fondly remember (laughingly) Chris and Vivian's rendition of "Sippin' Cider Through a Straw". A few days before her passing she sang a children's song "Good Morning To You, We're All In Our Places, With Bright Shining Faces.". God gave Vivian a beautiful voice.
Vivian was preceded into heaven by her mother and father, Veda and Minnis, her oldest brother Kenneth and youngest brother Donald. She is survived by 2 nieces and 7 nephews who loved her dearly. She always remembered birthdays for of her nieces and nephews' children.
Vivian was a shining example of a loving and Godly woman with a sweet and precious spirit. She was held in high esteem and made precious memories with all who knew her. She was an elegant grand lady. She is the quintessential of a Texas Lady – a backbone of steel with a velvet touch. She is terribly missed as she is passing the Torch.
Funeral services will be held at Oldham Lane Church of Christ in Abilene Texas, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Visitation is held Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at The Hamil Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Women of ACU in support of their work.