Vivienne W. Evans, age 88, of Waynesville, passed away May 6, 2022, at her home. She was born November 5, 1933 in Wellingborough, England to the late Edwin and Grace (Harris) Steele. In addition to her parents, Vivienne was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Evans, sisters Barbara Cowles and Joyce Fabrizio, and brother Geoff Steele.
She is survived by her companion of 32 years, Nigel Rippon of Waynesville, daughter Rachel (Mike) Stickney of Springboro, son Andrew (Lynn) Evans of Centerville, daughter Vanessa (Alvin) Gable of Greenville, SC; grandchildren Alex & Caroline Stickney, Tyler & Cody Evans, Evan (Kristen) & Gwen Gable; great granddaughter Averie; twin sister Patricia (Harry) Price of Rochester, NY; and numerous extended family members and dear friends.
Vivienne was born and raised in Wellingborough, England. She and her twin sister Pat were the youngest of five children born to Edwin Steele, Station Master for British Railways, and Grace (Harris) Steele, a homemaker.
In Vivienne’s early 20s, she met a dashing young USAF airman at a dance at the US military base at RAF Chelveston, England. They fell in love and were married in January 1957. A year later, their daughter Rachel was born. Over the following years they moved to the US where son Andrew and daughter Vanessa were born. Richard’s military career took the family on multiple assignments in England and the USA until he retired from the Air Force in 1976. Vivienne enjoyed her life as a military wife and doting mother. Over the years, Vivienne volunteered for the Red Cross, Family Services on the military bases, and did voiceover work for her local PBS station. Viewers enjoyed hearing her lovely English accent during PBS station breaks.
After her husband passed away, she began dating a male friend from her British club. Vivienne and Nigel later became a couple, enjoying yearly trips to visit family in England as well as side trips to other nearby European countries. They were fond of Jack Russell terriers and had several over the decades to come.
Vivienne had a lifelong love of horses and took riding lessons into her 70s including on her own horses, Sunny, Fiddle, Indy, and Chopin. She enjoyed classical music, opera, and the theater. Vivienne especially enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her beloved grandchildren, taking them to parks, zoos, and theme parks when they were young. She loved watching them play sports in grade school up through college, often traveling several hours to watch them compete.
Vivienne was much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A private gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date.
Donations in Vivienne’s name may be made to the Therapeutic Riding Institute https://www.triohio.org/give-1 or Hospice of Dayton Foundation http://www.hospiceofdayton.org/
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