Vivia Viola James
July 6, 1926 – June 13, 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Vivia Viola James announces her passing at Northridge Long Term Care in her 95th year. Vivia was a loving mother of Mary Elizabeth Kozak and Hope Delores Hori. - Cherished grandma of Tanya, Kimberley (Paul), Mathew (Lisa), Timothy (Cindy), Adam, Alex and Julia (Alex). - Sweet Great-ma to Nicholas, Noah, Lucas, Isabella, and Jensen “JJ”. – Also a loving sister to Florence Dicker and Tica Chin. Vivia was predeceased by her parents Irene Senior and Cecil James, also by brothers Bobby (Royston, deceased), Cecil (Frances, deceased), Glen (Hazel, deceased) and her sister Cynthia. She was known as Aunt “Vivy” to all of her nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much. Vivia was born in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. She also lived in Kingston and from there in 1969, she moved to Canada with her two daughters. She worked for Towers Department Store when she arrived in Canada. Vivia was an accomplished artist and embroiderer. She was also an active member of her church, singing in the choir for many years. Vivia first belonged to Scarborough Gospel Temple and later attended Evangel Pentecostal Church in Oakville. Vivia sponsored needy children from across the world for over 40 years, and also volunteered at Huntley Ministries for several decades. Vivia was a very social person who made life-long friends. She lived in Oakville for a period of time to help daughter Hope and son-in-law Ken raise Adam, Alex and Julia. Vivia waltzed with Adam at the Community Living Burlington Christmas dance for many years. Their song was Elvis’ “Can’t help falling in love with you”. Due to current pandemic restrictions, a private family service on June 21st 2021 will be held at Jerrett’s Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Evangel Pentecostal Church would be appreciated, 1450 Rebecca Street, Oakville, Ontario, L6L-1Z7.
- Evangel Pentecostal Church
Monday, June 21, 2021
Vivia Viola James
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July 3, 2021
Dear Grandma, it's your birthday, and so I've been thinking a lot about you today. It still feels strange that you're not here. Even though in the last couple years I wasn't able to go see you... it's an odd feeling knowing that I never will again, or that I can't just call and say a quick hello and happy birthday. I also want to thank you for being so loving to Paul. As soon as you met him 19 years ago, you instantly took him on as your own grandson. He loved you too. And, Nick, Noah, and Lucas will greatly miss the laughter and fun with their young spirited great-ma. Happy Birthday grandma! I hope you're enjoying the biggest, most ridiculously rich double chocolate cake in heaven today!
We love and miss you. ❤
June 27, 2021
I feel fortunate to have been able to watch the recording of the livestream and to get a glimpse of Vivia and her family. Condolences to all the branches of the James family from the Sturgeons. My father Ted was friends with Vivia and her sisters, and I had the privilege of a phone conversation with her about those days at Treasure Beach when Ted worked at the hotel. When Ted's mother, my grandmother Christine (Dicker) Sturgeon, visited Jamaica, she and Vivia became friends and painted together. After my one phone encounter with Vivia, whom I never got to meet in person, her words to me were "I love you."
June 24, 2021
You were born to a wonderful mother. Your father, however, had many problems. He made life for everyone in your family cruel and harsh. Despite your struggles, you grew into a confident, outgoing person, with a love for learning and art. You were a very social person, who walked through life befriending many people. When you lived with my family, you knew more neighbours than I ever did. Unlucky in love, you were destined to raise your two daughters alone. You worked hard to eke out a meagre living for us. With the support of your sisters, Tica and Myrrah, you raised us safely to adulthood. Your children and grandchildren had the opportunity to get the education that you could only dream of.
You became a devout Christian when I was just a baby. Your faith kept you strong. Your connection to the church helped you through many difficult times. I imagine that you feared that your misfortunes would be visited upon our lives. This made you a harsh disciplinarian at times. I understand this now. You and I spent a great deal of time together during the last few months of your life. You sensed that your health was failing and you asked me if you were dying. I answered honestly. You asked me to do certain things which I was able to accomplish.
Your message to every one of your family and friends was that you loved them all. As you and I spent more time together, we mended our fences. You were more honest and forthcoming during these visits than ever in our lives together. I truly enjoyed our time together. You were not afraid to die. You said that you were knocking on Heaven’s door. You said you felt the presence of God with you. During our final moments together, I reassured you that your family was doing well and that you could go. You did just that. It was difficult to be a witness to your death. However, I know in my heart that we all need a witness to our lives. Thank you for helping me and my family, Mom. We love you. May you rest in peace.
June 24, 2021
You have loved us with a loving heart.
Our momma will always love you too.
You will live forever in the hearts of me, my brother, and my sister.
You have given us good times from the time we were born.
You loved us kids and we all want you to have a good time in heaven.
Please move on with your life.
We will never forget you.
All our family members, like Peter and Sandra, will never forget you.
You take the love of our whole family with you.
Love always, Adam
June 21, 2021
Our condolences and prayers for family and friends. What a beautiful and honouring service for Vivia. The song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" could not be more perfect. Vivia knew the "secret" of taking our weaknesses to our Friend and Saviour, Jesus, in prayer. She shared this beautiful Truth with everyone she could. I feel her life said: "Come and meet this Friend who will carry you." What a beautiful legacy.. she inspires us today. Her life still speaks. May that Truth carry you whenever you remember her.
Praying for peace and comfort for all her loved ones.
The Prayer Centre Staff and friends - Crossroads Christian Communications
June 19, 2021
Dearest Aunt Viv, you will be forever in my heart. You were my strong connection to the grandfather that I never knew, my dear grandpa Roland. Say hello to the man that gave me the best father a girl could ever ask for❤
Cynthia (Kitty) Myers
June 19, 2021
I am saddened to learn of the passing of my dear Cous. Vivy.I have so many beautiful memories of her when we were young,and we remained close over the years.She had such a quiet,sweet,kind,humble personality that it was hard not to be drawn to her.She had such a love for the Lord and she showed it in word,thought and deed.When she entered a room,the first thing One usually sees is her beautiful smile.Due to health issues our phone calls became less,but my love for her has remained strong.Goodbye for now my dear Viv. We will meet again in Heaven
Janice, Jordan + Sydney Head
June 19, 2021
Vivia was an extraordinary lady, whose love for the Lord and joy for life shone brightly. We will miss you, dear Vivia, but we'll meet again.
With all our love,
Janice, Jordan + Sydney xo
June 19, 2021
Vivian was a wonderful person and friend. She was so loving and kind . The type of person you never forget. God bless you Vivia.
June 17, 2021
Vivia James was a woman full of the joy of the Lord. She was a long time friend of my mother and father, Marion and Jim Poynter. Vivia will long be remembered and surely missed.
June 17, 2021
The Crossroads and the Prayer Centre's staff and Prayer Partner volunteers extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Vivia James, who was such a long-time and faithful member of our ministry prayer team. She had a ready smile and was such a warm, cheerful and encouraging person - a wonderful blessing to all the team. I know that Vivia will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but her eternal reward has gone before her - all those thousands of callers that she prayed with and ministered to over so many years on the Crossroads prayer lines will meet her in her new heavenly home.... and best of all, the Lord Jesus who she loved with all her heart will welcome her home with a sincere "well done, good and faithful servant - enter into your eternal rest!" We will be praying for God's comfort for all who so deeply loved Vivia. With love from all the Crossroads Prayer Centre team,
Rev. Gloria Willoughby,