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Vivian L. Reeves

October 23, 1933September 24, 2021

Vivian Laurel Reeves was born in Brigden, Ontario Canada on October 23, 1933. Her parents, Harold and Shirley Irvine raised three children. Vivian married her high school sweetheart, Edmond Reeves, June 2, 1956 and they remained devoted and smitten until Edmond’s death in 2008. They raised their two children, Geoffrey Reeves and Laurie Webster, in Boston MA and after a brief time in Colorado, Ed and Viv moved to Arlington VA in 1982. They made many dear friends and created so many happy memories wherever they went. They loved to travel together and spend summers back in Ontario with family and old friends.

Vivian and Ed adored their grandchildren, Emily Webster, Jack Webster, and Cassidy Reeves. This devotion was particularly obvious in the family gatherings at the lake cottage in Ontario. Vivian prepared rainy day activities including putting on plays. Ed arranged evening bonfires with singing, story-telling, and marshmallow-roasting.

Vivian was a teacher in the Falls Church school system for over 20 years, specializing in helping young children with special needs. She was very proud of her work and extremely fond of her co-workers, many of whom remained life-long friends. As life-long lovers of the outdoors, Vivian and Ed were active members of an informal bike group which connected them to good people and lovely places. Other beloved activities included playing bridge, reading books, and spending time with friends at book club. Viv also loved theatre and shared this interest with her grandchildren whenever possible.

Vivian was very excited to be able to return to Canada this summer (and reclaim her dual citizenship). Her trip to Canada was a particularly bright spot in her year; she spent time with her nieces and nephews, reconnected with old friends, and laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

After a brief stay at the hospital, Vivian died, peacefully of pneumonia on September 24, 2021. For such a tiny woman, Vivian’s passing leaves an outsized hole in her loved ones’ hearts.

A funeral service for Vivian will be held on Tuesday October 12 at 11:00 am at The Falls Church Anglican, 6565 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA

In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Falls Church Education Foundation (choose In Memorium and enter Vivian Reeves). http://www.fcedf.org/donate.html

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.murphy-fh.com for the Reeves family.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Aurora Stelz

October 7, 2021

Viv was a wonderful friend, mentor and emotional support. She was one of the first members of the Special Education Team that helped me settle into Mount Daniel. I fondly remember Viv’s sweaters for Halloween and Christmas. But who could ever forget Viv dressed as “Zero the Hero” for the 100th day of school. Her joy of life and love of teaching was evident each day. She will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Viv- I know you are with Ed again❤️

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY