Vivian Blair

Obituary of Vivian Henrietta Blair

Vivian Henrietta Blair, age 93 transitioned on Monday June 17, 2019. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Day 1926. Her parents moved to Richmond, Virginia when she was a very young girl. Vivian grew up and attended the Richmond Public Schools, where she graduated from Armstrong High School with honors. She was very good in mathematics her classmates would say she was a professor at math. She wanted to go to college but her mother became very ill and she was not able to go. She attended trade school and became a seamstress. She was a magnificent and talented dressmaker and could create any style of clothing without using a sewing pattern. In her early years she worked at Jefferson Manufacturer Co. making men's clothing until the company relocated overseas in the early 1970's. She went back to school at night to study nursing. She became a certified nursing assistant and worked as a private duty CNA until she retired. In 1998 she moved to Landover, Maryland to live with her daughter and her family. She enjoyed caring for her two granddaughters and was active in all of their activities. The family became members of First Baptist Church of Highland Park and her granddaughters were students of Highland Park Christian Academy. Vivian enjoyed attending various church functions and being involved in her granddaughter's school activities such as track meets, basketball games, soccer, volleyball, swim meets and plays. She attended every event. The activity she enjoyed the most was attending the FBCHP Senior Center. She attended regularly. The senior members were like family members to her. She would come home every day and would not stop talking about what happened at the senior center, who said what and who did what. Vivian had a gentle spirit, she was very kind and she welcomed all with open arms no matter what their status or background. Her home was the neighborhood home where friends and family came to experience her nurturing spirit. She dedicated her life to helping others in any way she could. Everyone that came into contact with her could feel her loving caring spirit. Survivors include two daughters, LaFonda Fenwick of Lanham, MD and Nicole Thomas of Richmond, VA, one Son-in-law, JR Fenwick. Five grandchildren-Jaelyn Fenwick, Jenna Fenwick, Qur'on and D'aun Washington and Jamia Underwood of Richmond, Va.
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