Vivian Mitchell Wilson

July 30, 1941December 1, 2018
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There is a time to be born and a time to die. That time for Vivian Mitchell Wilson came on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Vivian was born on July 30, 1941 in Catawba County. She graduated from Hildebran High School in 1959 where she was affectionately nicknamed “Moose Mitchell” for her tall stature as a basketball player. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a master’s degree from Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

She married her husband, Bobby, in 1968 and together reared two daughters, Jessica Wilson Sanchez (Celedonio Rodriguez-Sanchez) and Carrie Beth Wilson Ramsey (Chuck Ramsey). She also is survived by her precious grandson, Bobby M. Sanchez and treasured nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Lee Mitchell and Jessie Viola Wilson, as well as two sisters, Carrie Bernice Aderholdt and Bobbie Lee Clark Hensley.

She spent 49 years in service to the Lord as organist of Hildebran United Methodist Church, and in recent years, enjoyed her membership at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, and going on excursions with her friends who were lovingly called the “Golden Girls.” She is remembered for her quick wit, her dedication to education as a veteran teacher of 38 years and as a lifelong servant of her Lord.

A Service will be held at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in Rutherford College with Pastors Tony Bowman and April Abernethy on Wednesday, December 5 at 12pm pm with burial following the service at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:00 to 11:45am at the church.

Memorials may be made in honor of Mrs. Wilson to Hildebran United Methodist Church at PO BOX 550 Hildebran, NC 28637 or Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church at PO BOX 127, Rutherford College, NC 28671.

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The Wilson Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.


  • Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Hildebran United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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Dr. Eric Childers

December 5, 2018

I have been blessed with many accomplished teachers and professors at some of the nation’s best schools, including Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia. This said, the single most influential, transformative, and beloved teacher I ever had was Ms. Vivian. Her care, rigor, energy, heart, and expectation for excellence and giving one’s very best came at a pivotal time for me as a fifth grader. I think of her often and am grateful to have known her during her pilgrimage on earth. May God comfort and hold Ms. Vivian’s loved ones in this difficult time. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Gina Eckard Baker

December 4, 2018

Mrs. Wilson was my 5th grade teacher. She was my favorite teacher. She was supportive, fun, engaging & she truly cared about her students education and well being. She always gave a student of the year award on awards day. I wanted to receive that award so much because I knew if I did I had met her approval. I had not won very much in my life but I did win that award. It meant more to me than anyone ever knew.
Sometimes I would run into Mrs. Wilson at the grocery store and she always remembered who I was. She meant the world to me and will be missed. I am happy for her that she is now receiving her eternal reward.
I love you Mrs. Wilson!

Jessica Sanchez

December 3, 2018

Dear Mom:

You are so missed and influenced so many people through home, school and church. I hope you know that our love for you will continue on through life and in heaven. We miss and love you and hope you know how wonderful you made all of our lives while you were here. Take care and see you later with the angels.