Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV


Vivian Irene Hand Shrewsbury

April 13, 1926June 22, 2020

Vivian Irene Hand Shrewsbury, 94 of Coal City, WV, passed away on June 22, 2020 at the home from natural causes. Vivian was born in Damascus, VA on April 13, 1926 to the late Joseph Walter Hand and Maude Ethel Craven Hand.

Her receiving line in Heaven will be her Heavenly Father, her husband of 53 years, Walter “Jack” Preston Shrewsbury, her three brothers, James, Harold, and Douglas Hand, her three sisters, Edith Tackett, Roberta Spicer Martin, and Mary Alice Hand.

Those left to cherish her memory are sisters, Pansy Davidson of Lakeside, CA, Maxine (George) Smith of Lake Charles, LA, and sister-in-law, Shelby Hand of Virginia Beach, VA; five daughters, Evelyn (John) Walker of Christiansburg, VA, Judy (Steve) Allard of Louisburg, NC, Kathy (Jack) Keen, Patsy Shrewsbury of Coal City, WV and Brenda (Sean) Cassidy of Prosperity, SC; ten grandchildren, Delmar (Gini) Walker, Jacob (Nichole) Walker, David (Stephanie) Allard, Jason (Melissa) Allard, Stacey (Doug) Moore, Christy (Bryan) Parent, Kelly (Kelly) Ferguson, Stephanie Keen, Robert (Kara) Lowery, and Eric (Nikki) Lowery ; sixteen great-grandchildren, Ryan, Allison, Shawna, (Patrick), Haleigh, James, Ashleigh, Addison, Tyler, Jaxon, Olivia, Emily, Lauren, Jim, Kaitlyn, Krista, and Colton; two great-great-grandchildren, Cason and Paisley; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Vivian resided in Coal City, WV for the past 73 years and faithfully attended Cales Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church until her health began to fail. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She grew up in Sophia, WV and was a member of the first graduating class of Sophia High School. She had a thirst for knowledge and was an avid reader, enthusiastic traveler always ready for the next adventure, and was well known for touching many lives by the cards (birthday, anniversary, get well, and thinking of you) she faithfully mailed each month. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. We would like to thank all of her neighbors and church family for their love and support, the Hospice Nurses and CNA’s for their excellent care, and Angie Sizemore, her personal care giver.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 pm, Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with the Reverend Ken Parent and Pastor Lee Wooten officiating.

For those who wish, the Funeral Service will be via Facebook Live beginning at 1:50 pm on Friday, June 26, 2020 on Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Garden’s Facebook page. Burial will follow in the Coal City Community Cemetery and her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. At the request of the family and the staff of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, all who attend the visitation are required to wear proper facial coverings according to the current CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.


  • Her grandsons, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • A Private Funeral Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020


Vivian Irene Hand Shrewsbury

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Judie Church-Holmer

June 27, 2020

I remember when she had pancreatice and I was a blood donor. When Patsy came to the hospital that night she said, "I feel so much smarter today." Patsy looked at her and asked, "Mom what happened that you are so much smarter? She said, "I got Judie's blood today." Patsy and family, I am ever so sorry for your loss, but she is so much better now in the hands of the Lord. Call when you get a chance and we can talk. My mom died February 24, 2020, 19 days away from 93 years young. Love and prayers, Judie

Pam Daniel

June 27, 2020

Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. In reading her obituary, she was able to live a long and happy life with so many family members to enjoy. Those are the memories that everyone can talk about at get togethers and be able to smile. May God's peace give you comfort at this time. Love, Pam

Connie Meredith

June 25, 2020

Dear Family of Vivian,
I will always remember her sweet smile and big hugs. She was a wonderful person and I loved her very much.
I pray the Lord will comfort you now and in the days ahead. God Bless You ,
❤️Connie Hand Meredith and Glenn

Stella James

June 25, 2020

Such a lovely lady and a sweet family sorry about ur loss love and prayers

Rachel West

June 25, 2020

Brenda... I am so sorry for your loss. But so thankful you had the time with her that you did. I pray that the Lord give you comfort in your sorrow and hope and strength for the days to come. I know that your memories will help to sustain you. I am there in spirit and heart.

Fred and Betty Thomas’ Family

June 25, 2020

Vivian was a beautiful and gracious soul. Her gentle spirit was her remarkable testimony. We remember each of her Children and Grandchildren with very special thoughts today, and think of what a privilege to have had her her as a Mother and an example, and as a friend to all of us.

Love, Arlie and Karen ❤️

John Warrington

June 25, 2020

Brenda and Family,
Please accept our prayers and most heartfelt and sincere condolences for the loss of Vivian. Brenda, as I know you, and read about your mom, I'm certain she is smiling down being very proud of you and your family, and how you are all positively impacting people on this earth.

Our deepest sympathy,
John and Tara Warrington

Karen Ayers Bennett

June 24, 2020

Your mother was a dear wonderful Christian lady who exhibited grace & love. I wish there were more people like her. The world would be a better place! I loved the photos on fb of her. ❤️🌷

Jo Lucas

June 24, 2020

Love her so much she is a amazing lady

Lois Defibaugh (Farley)

June 24, 2020

I remember Vivian and all her children from my youth. She was always very nice to me. I remember her sweet smile.
Condolences to the family and friends for your loss.