Vivian Arthur’s life was marked by her Christian faith, her love and devotion to family, friends, and education. She passed away on Monday, March 22, at Red Oak Health and Rehabilitation Center in Red Oak, Texas. She was born March 3, 1931 in Colorado City, Texas.
Vivian achieved a B.S. degree and made life-long friends at Mary Hardin Baylor University, and began a teaching career at Beaumont, Texas.
Following marriage, her husband Paul’s career led to Moab, Utah, where she resumed teaching, library work, and church activities. Vivian continued working in the Grand County School system in Moab for many years, and pursued her master’s degree in library sciences at University of Utah.
Many of Vivian’s closest friends were made in Moab while singing and traveling with the Valley Voices. For many years she was a member, often singing bass for the group, which allowed her to enjoy one of her passions.
Vivian was also an avid librarian, seeking out every opportunity to share literature with her children, grandchildren and friends. She was solely responsible for starting and building two separate libraries. The first was a christian library at the Moab Community Church, which she built from donations from church members.
After her husband’s death, Vivian returned to Texas to be near her only daughter, grandchildren and friends. At that time, the second library was started at the Buffalo Creek Assisted Living Facility, where she resided. She is survived by a daughter, Donalyn Derfer (Brian) of Waxahachie, Texas; a son, Glen Paul Arthur, of Moab; a sister, Gwen Sears (Earl) of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Jason (Erin), Mindy (Dan), Cody, Joshua, Breanne and Jesse; and three great-grandchildren, Hailey, Ethan and Adalyn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Arthur, a son, Kenneth Dean Arthur and a brother, Herman Moon.
The Arthurs enjoyed the Moab Community Church for many years and upon Vivian’s return to Texas, she joined First Baptist Church and the Buffalo Creek Bible Class of Waxahachie, Texas.
A funeral was held Saturday, March 27 at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie, Texas. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 30 in Moab, Utah, at the Moab Community Church. Memorials may be sent to the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, the American Diabetes Association or the Community Church of Moab scholarship fund.