Vivian Rose Erwin Todd died peacefully at her residence in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 5, 2017. A lifelong Austinite, Vivian was born February 27, 1923 to Assistant Fire Chief William B. and Grace O. Erwin. She was a graduate of Austin High School, where she was a member of the Red Jackets, and attended both the University of Texas at Austin and Brackenridge Hospital School of Nursing.
After World War II, Vivian and her husband, Raymond, made their home in Austin, where they raised two daughters, Gayla and Shelley. After a long career working in several medical and dental offices, Vivian retired at the age of 70 from longtime employer, Girling Home Health.
Vivian's life is exemplified by a quote from Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." She was actively involved in many charitable organizations around Austin, including three decades of service as a board member of the Lola Wright Foundation, which was founded by Raymond. Vivian also served on the selection committee for the KVUE Five Who Care. She was an active volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, and served on that board for many years before being named as a Board Member Emeritus. She also volunteered for and served on the board of St. David's Hospital Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, Brackenridge Hospital Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Junior Helping Hand. Not surprisingly, her favorite hymn at church was "Help Somebody Today."
Even though Vivian was very active in her community and charities, her family came first. As an only child, she took responsibility for the care of many elderly family members. She was involved in PTA, Methodist Youth Fellowship, and Tarrytown Methodist Church. She took great pleasure in her daily crossword puzzles, weekly bridge games, and collecting antique paperweights. Vivian was also a talented seamstress and calligrapher, and was a voracious reader. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her dry wit and one-liners.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raymond, and her grandson Matt Hagood.
She is survived by her daughter Gayla and husband John Manbeck, daughter Shelley and husband Mike Black, grandchildren Mark (Wendy) Manbeck, Todd (Kelley) Hagood, Brent (Julie) Manbeck, Katherine (Nancy) Bullard-Black, Jill (Richard) Strock, William (Megan) Black, and Justin MacDonald. She is also survived by great-grandchildren J.T., Makensy, Annabelle, Maddie, Andrew, Emery, Marley, Thomas, Katherine, Tempy, Lucy, Haley, and William.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Westminster Manor and Hospice of Austin, her special helper Mattie, Dr. Steven Margolin, Dr. George Thorne, Dr. David Pohl, and her many special friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11th at Tarrytown United Methodist Church Chapel. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Memorial donations in Vivian's honor may be made to any local animal care organization, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas www.cstx.wish.org, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas www.rmhc-ctx.org, or the charity of one's choice.
"Remember when you see a redbird, you'll know I'm here."