Vivian Goforth Chitwood

Obituary of Vivian J. Goforth Chitwood

Vivian June Goforth Chitwood was born November 29, 1934, in Winona, Missouri, to Earl N. & Martha Jane (Miller) McCall and passed away on June 18, 2022, in Salem, Missouri, at the age of 87 years, 6 months and 20 days. Vivian grew up close to Rocky Falls in Shannon County, Missouri. She and her siblings worked and helped their father in the log woods while growing up. Vivian retired from Rawlings in Licking in 1996 after working as a cutter in the cutting department for 27 years. To say she was a hard worker would be an understatement. As one of her grandchildren recently commented, “nobody could ever mistake her for a quitter”. Vivian devoted and committed her life to raising her children teaching them to be honest, hard-working individuals. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, taking advantage of that time to teach them the same values that she instilled in her children. As one of her grandkids recalled, grandma wouldn’t allow her to soak the walnuts in water to make them heavier to bring more money. Her house was always open to others, but especially her nieces and nephews; several of them coming and spending weeks at a time during the summer months. Vivian loved garden time; she was always anxious to harvest the fresh vegetables and canning the excess that she had grown; blackberry picking and making her FAMOUS blackberry jelly and cooking for her children and grandchildren. Vivian’s blackberry jelly, blackberry cobblers and fried apple pies were impossible to beat. She also loved to piece quilt blocks, making sure all of her children and grandchildren had one of her handmade quilts. At the time of her death, Vivian was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and attended regularly until her health declined. She also enjoyed services at Victor Baptist Church, Anutt, Missouri, and in her heart, was still a member there. On October 14, 2000, Vivian married James Robert “Bob” Chitwood and they enjoyed 14 years together. Vivian is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob Chitwood; son-in-law, Freddie Keaton; siblings, Cecil McCall, Geneva Bradshaw, Susie Martin, Lorene Reddy, Velma Storie and Marilyn Beasley. Vivian is survived by her children, Betty Kinder and husband Roger; Ray Goforth and wife Marilyn; Kay Keaton; Becky Swiney and husband Dan; 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, siblings, Merle McCall, Bell Parks, Stella Parks and Darrell McCall; special friend and caregiver, Breanne Penner.
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Wednesday
22
June

Visitation

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Fox Chapel
128 S Main St
Licking, Missouri, United States
573-674-2293
Wednesday
22
June

Funeral Service

1:00 pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Fox Chapel
128 S Main St
Licking, Missouri, United States
573-674-2293
Wednesday
22
June

Burial

2:15 pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Boone Creek Cemetery
Hwy 137
Licking, Missouri, United States
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