Vivian DanielsIn Loving Memory…

Vivian E. Daniels

Vivian Elaine Atwell Norman Daniels passed away at age 90 in her home surrounded by family.

Vivian was preceded in death by her first husband, Cleo Norman, of Sedalia, MO, and second husband, “Gene” Daniels, of Independence, KS. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Laine, and her great-grandson, Ethan Kunze Goetsch.

Vivian was born at home in June of 1930, in St. Louis County, MO. She moved to Knob Noster, MO as a young teenager. Her father wanted to farm. She graduated in 1947 from Knob Noster High School. Vivian then graduated from Missouri Teachers College, now known as UCM. She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse just out of high school and continued to teach in Knob Noster. She was the first principal of Whiteman Air Force Base Elementary School. In 1961 she moved to the Long Beach, CA area and taught there until retiring in 1990. After retiring, she taught oil painting classes to the elderly. Her joy was visiting elderly shut-ins every day of the week.

She enjoyed painting, traveling, crocheting, knitting and reading.

Vivian is survived by one sister, Delores Vogler, of Warrensburg, daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Jim Henson, of Otterville, daughter Larna Norman, of Warrensburg. Vivian has six grandchildren Jon (Kris) Hibbs, Robin Hibbs, Christopher (Nova) Henson, Timothy (Alayna) Kunze, Jr., Dana (Hilary) Kunze, Lindsey (Joe) Embry, nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Special in her heart is her Church of Christ family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia. A dinner will be served at the Heckart Family Center following the service. The service will be livestreamed on Heckart Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021 at Heckart Funeral Home.

Private burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Warrensburg Meals on Wheels or Senior Center of Warrensburg in care of the funeral home.


6 Responses

  1. Farewell good and faithful servant. I know you are rejoicing with our Lord and loved ones. I couldn’t have asked for a better Mother-in-law and I will miss you. Your kindness and faith was an inspiration to me. Jim Henson

  2. Vivian came into our lives and hearts during her 50 year sojourn in California. She was like Tabitha in the Bible- always doing what ever she could for anyone young or old who needed her. Her favorite pop song was “You’ve Got to Accentuate the Positive”. And that’s what she did. I don’t recall her complaining about anything or anyone. She had a ready smile and a style that brought out the best in people. She made you feel loved and valued for being you. We will always carry her and her example of Christlike living in our hearts.

  3. Vivian has always been one of the most giving and true people I have every met. She was not only loving to her family she showed a tremendous love for people and those in need.
    I loved talking to her at our family gatherings as she was a great conversationalist and had a good sence of humor.
    I have never heard her say anything bad about anyone all the years I have known her. She will be gathering, free from pain, able to see and sharing all her love with the lord.
    Vivian will truly be missed. I’m sure she will be remembered by all.

  4. This is a hard time for us to even consider the passing of a loved one. But for Vivian it is a wonderful occasion as she passes to a more glorious place where there is no more sorrow or pain or tears. And that is a comfort to me, because I know what a good, righteous woman Vivian has been.
    I’m really not surprised that God is calling her home so soon. He obviously needs someone to help Him care for the heavenly hosts. I’m confident she’ll become a ministering spirit, just has she has been so conscientious in helping and caring for others here on earth. I believe she wore out at least two vehicles traveling back and forth to see to the needs of others.
    She made weekly visits to my wife and mother in their final days. I still have a pillow Vivian gave my wife that says, Life Is Good. I keep it on my bed and think of Vivian every day. Life is good, but it will be sadder and more vacant without Vivian.

  5. Having lived in California the same time Vivian did it saddens our hearts that she will no longer be with us here on earth. We are happy for Vivian that she is with our Savior & Lord and will have no more sorrow, pain or tears. She took such good care of so many people while on this earth, one of them being my Mother (Eulavee VanDegrift). It was such an honor to have known Vivian and witnessed the wonderful Christian example she was
    She will be missed but never forgotten

  6. I was touched by the wonderful, giving life of Vivian and glad I got to meet her through Larna. Comfort to all who mourn her. May her memory be a blessing.

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