Vivian Fern Kitchens “Mammaw”, 84, of Arkoma, OK passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013 in Ft. Smith, AR after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Vivian was born April 18, 1928 in Summerfield, OK to Urba & Georgie (Hayes) Brown. She was a teacher in the Greenwood School System and was retired from the Ft. Smith School System. She loved and was very passionate about her profession and her students. She was of the Baptist faith. Mammaw was a generous person who loved sewing for her family and shopping with and for them. Mammaw had style. She was an All-State Basketball player in 1944.
Vivian was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Marie Newman, Esbia Ramsey, Leonora Hankins, Lorraine Barrick, Reba Maynor, Blue Bell, and Willie (infant sisters)
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Neil Kitchens, 3 daughters & sons in law, Janet & Walter King, Lujane & David Buttress of Arkoma, OK, Gregg & Joan Goss of Perkins, OK; 4 grandchildren, Bo and Renea Buttress of Van Buren, Jake & Ginger Goss of Little Elm, TX, Jarrod Buttress of Dickinson, TX and Jaycee & Travis Elliott of Poteau; great granddaughters, Addison Buttress & Timber Goss; sisters, Bobbie Burgess of DeQueen, AR and Urbia Dean & Delbert Earls of Wagoner, OK; special niece, Thersa Hankins of Wister, OK ; many nieces, nephews; other relatives & loved ones; many beloved friends.
Services will be 10 am, Monday, March 25, 2013 at Evans Chapel of Memories with Jake Goss & Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Fort Smith, AR.
The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm to visit with relatives & friends.