June 18, 1953 – January 1, 2021
Loral Vivian Haynes was born to Arthur Lewis and Juanita Lewis (Benson) June 18, 1953 in Austin, Texas at 1:24 a.m. one of a set of twins.
Vivian attended Old Anderson High School where her education blossomed and friends were made. Vivian participated in tennis and track and field showing off her athletic talents. She was truly a natural athlete. Vivian furthered her education at a clerical trade school in Austin, Texas where she first showed off her typing and ten key keystroke skills; she was an amazing typist on a manual and an electronic typewriter. Vivian went on to pursue a career at The University of Texas as a secretary. After a few years, Vivian went on to work for the state of Texas at the Health and Human Services Commission where she dedicated 43 years of her life working her way up the ladder in different departments. Vivian worked in Civil Rights, Budget, and Human Resources just to name a few.
While working at the Health and Human Services Commission, Vivian became part of the organizational team that put on a yearly Talent and Fashion show that was held in February for Black History Month. Vivian also became one of the many who participated in the annual bake sale with her famous sweet potato pies to raise money for the scholarship program that was given the Talent and Fashion Show.
Vivian loved crafts of all types; she would sew blankets for her grandkids, family, and friends. Vivian made tons of puddles baby blankets, lap crochet throws, handmade afghans to keep but mostly give away to whoever liked them or as gifts.
After retirement Vivian spent lots of time on her computer playing Big Frog games, spending tons of hours on phone calls with her sisters, her kids, grandkids and close friends talking about whatever was going on in their lives. Vivian was known to speak her mind never hurting the person she was talking to, but making sure they knew by the end of the conversation she would support their choice on whatever the matter was at the time. Vivian had a big heart; she would help anyone she could not expecting anything in return.
Vivian meant the world to many. She has left this physical world to join her loved ones and friends who have went on before her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Juanita Lewis; her husband, Olan Haynes; brothers, Noral Vernon Lewis (twin) and Arthur Lewis; sisters, Flora Wright, Lula Knight, and Willneta Balque.
She is survived by her children, Raymond Armstrong (son) and wife, Lori, Cynthia Armstrong (daughter), Brock Haynes (son) and wife, Shelly; grandchildren, Chad Easley, Shakea Shidriere Vivian Armstrong, Julian Townsend, Greg Karo, China Desiray Armstrong, Lendell Davion Freeman, Kane Justice Haynes, Kiana Rae Haynes, Kaleb Emon Haynes, Alexa Gabrielle Haynes, Layla Paige Haynes, Kendra Shanice Haynes; great grandchildren, Ja'kobe, Kameron, Sarai, Sekani, Kei'mon, Aiyanna, Aniyah, Julian Jr., Jalen, Jamel, Emma, Gianna; sisters, Mary Young and Linda Lewis as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.
Celebration of Life Visitation
Saturday, January 16, 2021
January 16, 2021
Vivian will be missed! I met her while working at HHSC. She was incredibly smart, direct, and so genuine. Along with so many other co-workers, I was blessed to know Vivian Haynes.
January 16, 2021
I am sorry to here of Vivians passing. I worked with her at HHSC. She was direct and to the point and a good coworker. Rest in Peace.
January 15, 2021
Vivian was at the top of my favorite people in the world list and I am really going to miss our conversations! We met while working for HHSC in Austin and she became a good reason for me to show up at work on those days when I really didn't want to go. She had the biggest heart and the most wonderful laugh!! She wasn't a "huggy" person, but I always got away with it! I know that she is painting heaven purple right now and that I will see my dear friend on the other side! My prayers are with her children and grandchildren. You have an amazing mother and grandmother and she will always be with each of you. Rest in Peace, my friend.