Vivian Fravel Kunes

Vivian Fravel Kunes, 93, of Beech Creek, departed this life on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Beech Creek, the daughter of Catherine Merryman. She was raised by her grandparents, Rosie and Irwin Fravel.

On July 14, 1940, she married the love of her life, William (Bill) Kunes of Beech Creek, who preceded her in death.

Vivian was a very active member of Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard.

She was a charter member of the Beech Creek Blanchard Ladies’ Fireman’s Auxiliary, the Beech Creek Legion, and the Beech Creek Friendship Community Center. She also was involved with the Senior Cheer Club and Ladies’ Friendship Circle.

She was employed at various businesses: Sylvania, Piper and Crow’s Diner. From 1960 to 1973 she and Bill owned and operated Viv & Bill’s Restaurant in Beech Creek.

Vivian enjoyed spending time with her family and crocheting. She also enjoyed selling knives and other items at various bazaars.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by eight sisters and brothers, son Garry, daughter Barbara Young and son-in-law Dave Wian. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Juanita Kunes; daughters Nancy (Terry) Hendricks, Trudy (Eddie) Weaver, Mary Wian, Dretta (Kevin) Andrews; and son-in-law Don (Karen) Young; and brothers Arden and Jay Merryman.

She has 14 grandchildren, 27 great-great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation and services will be Tuesday, July 5, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. with Pastor Chris Davis and Rev. Alan S. Eckenroad officiating at the Liberty Baptist Church, Blanchard, with service to follow at 6 p.m.

Burial will be at Baptist Cemetery, Blanchard, at the family’s convenience.

Memorials can be made to the Liberty Baptist Church of Blanchard or the Beech Creek Friendship Community Center.

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