In Loving Memory of Vivian Stevens
March 6, 1930 -January 6, 2023
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Vivian Stevens (née Collins), at the righteous age of 92. Vivian (Nan’) passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, and wearing her best hat, which, she might tell you, “didn’t go, and didn’t suit her”. Vivian was born on March 6, 1930, to Evangeline, and Jack Collins in Timmins, Ontario. Timmins was where she thrived in her many passions and talents. Her professional skill was teaching, she worked at Arc Industries and later taught at TH & VS where she shared her love of art with people who shared her passion. The arts, theatre, and worldly travels were only a few of her big thrills. Nan sure loved thrills. Vivian was a “drivin’ woman”, with big ideas and a larger-than-life personality. She was a trailblazer, a firecracker, and a teacher. Vivian had an appetite for art, for music, for storytelling and the occasional gin and tonic. Vivian married the late Ken Stevens on December 25, 1948. Ken and Vivian were actively involved with the community and cultivated expansive social and professional networks. In her younger years, Vivian chose to stay home where she could raise her children with humour and with love. From homemade Halloween costumes, and cakes, to the freshest-baked bread, and home-cooked meals. There was nothing Vivian would not do for her children and those who grew up around her kitchen table. Vivian took every opportunity to share her passions, humour and zest for life with the community. A master of many trades and skills, Vivian taught art and home economics. Viv had a way about her that demanded the people around her to let loose and have fun. She charmed her critics and delighted her friends. You never left Vivian’s company without having learned a new truth about yourself or having had a heaping dose of laughter. In her presence, no belly went hungry, and no mind was left unfed. Vivian’s legacy continues through her children, John Stevens (Katherine), Jody Stevens, Jamie Lim (K.C.), Mackenzie Stevens (Lori) and her Grandchildren, Kory, Aaron, Alexander, Ashley, Ainsley, McKenzie, Zachary, Jordan and Brittany. She was also blessed and honoured to have known many of her 9 great-grandchildren. Throughout her life Viv always talked of the friends who had become family and would want to highlight the lifelong friendships of Gwen Monette, Marie-France Lavigne and Breanda Ferrari; their companionship and love were a lasting source of joy for Viv.
To honour Vivian’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. The family invites you to celebrate Vivian’s life and legacy in your own special ways.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Stinson Funeral Home, 100 Bruce Avenue, South Porcupine, ON, P0N 1H0 (705)235-2900 www.stinsonfuneralhome.net