Newcomer's Noland Road Chapel

509 S Noland RD, Independence, MO


Vivian French Brown

December 31, 1931February 2, 2020

On Super Bowl LIV Sunday, February 2nd 2020, Vivian French Brown, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 88.

Vivian was born in Kansas City Missouri in 1931 to John French and Vivian Starr French. She was raised by her grandmother, Gertrude Hermelink Eagan of Independence Missouri. Vivian graduated from Northeast High School.

She dedicated 33 years of service to the Nephrology Department at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City Missouri.

On December 29th,1951 Vivian married Richard Eugene Brown. They were blessed with three children. Diane, Kent and Terri Brown. Vivian served faithfully as an elder of the Cherokee Christian Church for 20 years and 9 years as a member of Raytown Christian Church. She loved to fellowship and to volunteer in several areas of ministry including bible study, summer lunch programs, and teaching Directions class, served as chair of the elders, and board chair at Cherokee.

Vivian poured out a loving, comforting spirit to all those she met. Her warm infectious smile and her contagious laugh brought so much joy and happiness to her family, friends, her church, and all who knew her. She put others before her self, always expressing a genuine love and concern no matter the situation.

Vivian loved the written word and was an avid reader, enjoying Reader's Digest or a new book. But mostly she enjoyed the quiet mornings with a hot cup of coffee, her Kansas City Star newspaper and The Examiner. She was also a quilter, an experienced seamstress and a wonderful teacher of the Bible, and enjoyed working in children's ministries. She volunteered at Good Samaritan Project for many years, advocating for those with Aids. People who knew Vivian and of her sweet and generous nature, might say she could be described like the virtuous woman that we read about in Proverbs 3:10-31. She was a true disciple if Christ, a servant of our Lord and Savior first, then to her family, church and friends.

Vivian was also an avid sports fan. She loved the Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Royals, and the Missouri Tigers. She often enjoyed going to the stadiums to watch their games or at home cheering in front of the TV. When Vivian found out that she was going to be released from the hospital she excitedly suggested that we have the Super Bowl party at her house now, and of course we all agreed, in that which she was very pleased!

Vivian was preceded in death by her Father, John, mother, Vivian, grandmother, Gertrude, husband, Richard and son Kent.

She is survived by her two daughters Diane and Terri Brown. Also by her dog, Annie. Lovingly known as "Anna Banana"... AKA the "canine inflictor of unintentional injuries to her owner!" All of whom she loved very much.

Vivian's celebration of life will be held at Raytown Christian Church on Friday the 7th. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Celebration services from 11am to 12p.m. In lieu of sending flowers the family requests that donations be sent to Raytown Christian Church.

We also encourage casual dress, such as, Super bowl Champions, Kansas City Chiefs gear!


  • John and Vivian (Starr) French, Parents (deceased)
  • Richard Eugene Brown, Husband (deceased)
  • Kent Brown, Son (deceased)
  • Diane Brown and Terri Brown, Daughters
  • Gertrude Hermelink Eagan, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Annie "Anna Banana" ... AKA " the canine inflictor of unintentional injuries to her owner!", Beloved Dog

  • Raytown Christian Church


  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 7, 2020


Vivian French Brown

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Cynthia Woolf

February 7, 2020

That smile! Vivian always had a smile for everyone! I was at several functions with Diane, Terri, and Vivian (and Lee). Vivian was always happy and smiling. What a beautiful gift that she gave to everyone she met...that smile! Lots of love to her family (including Anna Banana)...she is definitely smiling at all of you!

Deb Houston

February 6, 2020

Diane & Terri, your Mom was so sweet & all of you loved each other so much, which was always evident. Your bond with her now is a Spiritual journey & will remain within your souls, including Annie's, always & forever. Love, Prayers & Irish Blessings to all.

Linda Wood

February 5, 2020

Vivian will always be remembered for her bright smile and loving way. She never was a person who worried about herself; she was too busy caring about others. We will miss her at Raytown Christian.

Donna Zeller

February 5, 2020

I didn't know Vivian to long but a very sweet lady who love life she would always walk all the way cross the church and give me a hug. Vivian love you no matter. I'm going to miss Vivian.. I made her a scarf and she loved ever inch of the scarf. I love yoy Vivian you will always be in my heart and thoughts, God brought us together even it was a short time.

Jonathan French

February 5, 2020

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Vivian while attending her brother's memorial services in Washington DC. Besides a general aura of love and peace that she emitted, I won't forget the safety pin-- both Diane and Vivian wore safety pins on their clothing to show others they were allies to anyone who felt marginalized, oppressed, or in danger. Even toward the end of her life, it was obvious Vivian understood and carried out Christ's message of loving everyone, no matter the world they came from. With Vivian's ascent to her Creator, the world lost a beautiful, tolerant, a comforting soul. However, her memory will live on in the heart of anyone who preaches goodness and love.

Karen Aitkens

February 4, 2020

Sending prayers and love and peace that surpasses our understanding. I hold so many beautiful memories of Vivian and Diane from our time together at Bethel UCC. Your mother always shared such a sweet spirit . She will be missed.

John Lucito

February 4, 2020

I'd have to go to my baby book to make sure, but I believe Vivian was one of my first visitors the day I came home after being born. Always had a smile on her face, ever since I can remember. Even as a little kid, I don't think she ever scolded me once for terrorizing the dogs or climbing in their tree. There are less than a hand full of "originals" left in the old neighborhood now. She will be missed for sure.