Vivian M (Young) Fields

Died: Thu., May 2, 2019


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., May 07, 2019
Location: Walker Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., May 08, 2019
Location: Walker Funeral Home

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Vivian M. (Young) Fields of Winchester, passed with peace and grace at the age of 93 on May 2nd, as a result of extended illness. Predeceased by her loving husband Keith Fields in 2014, her blessed son Curtis Fields in 1974 (age 17), and her devoted parents Alta Lee Young (Mother) & George Harry Young Sr (Father).  Survived by her 3 devoted daughters Catherine (Fields) Chambers, Carolyn (Ted) Martin, Diana (Mike) Thorn; Her baby brother, George Harry Young Jr. whom she nicknamed “Toke;” 8 adoring grandchildren: Laura Martin, Steven Martin, Chuck (Christina) Thorn, Gabe (Roz) Thorn, Chance Thorn, Becky Chambers, Eric (Alexzania) Chambers, Lindsey Chambers; 9 loving great-grandchildren; Jaycie (Konnor) Tierney, Chelsea Martin, Miranda Martin, Ava Martin, Taylor Thorn, Taryn Thorn, Hadley Thorn, Eelynn Thorn, Wyatt Chambers as well as a Niece Judy (David)  Brown and Nephew Steven (Lynn) Young.

Vivian was born on a small farm in Milam County Texas in 1925 during the height of The Great Depression where she learned the value of hard work, working in cotton fields to help support her family; a value that persisted all her life.  

Her sense of adventure was cultivated as a teenager when she moved to California to follow her dreams. During her time in Santa Monica, Vivian rubbed elbows with stars as a clerk at MGM Studios. She contributed to the war effort as a true “Rosie The Riveter,” assembling planes at Lockheed Aerospace and supporting the troops by joining the USO, where she met a handsome air force pilot from Indiana who would be the love of her life and partner for the next 70 years.

During the next 70 years this amazing woman became many things to many people: A national Jitterbug Champion, a wife, mother, an aunt, a grandmother, great-grandmother, a friend, widow, business woman, gardener, a basketball enthusiast (especially Hoosiers & Pacers), a respected member of the community, role model, and a daughter of Christ.

Most importantly, Vivian “Granny” became the head, heart, and backbone of our family; the glue that holds us all together—a perpetual soft place to land. She was strong during a time when strong women were criticized, was fiercely loyal to her family, and always did the right thing, not because she had to, but because it was the thing to do. She was beautiful inside and out. We are blessed to have known and loved her. We would not be who we are today without the wisdom, strength, and heart of Vivian Fields that guided us.

Please join us in celebrating the full and beautiful life of this special woman with services being held at Walker Funeral Home in Winchester.  Viewing hours will be on Tuesday May 7, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. A short funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at 1:00 PM followed by a burial service at Weimar Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband and son.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Marcia Davis Sproul
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life story. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Mark and Mary Manning
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
Carolyn, Ted and family, sorry to hear of Vivians passing

Judy Fields Bush
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
Aunt Vivian was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are being sent your way!

Gary Junco
   Posted Sat May 04, 2019
Catherine, Carolyn and Ted,
Very sorry to get this news. I know you and your extended family are in mourning but you have been blessed with her presence and guidance through the years and those lessons will not be lost.
Gary Junco

Neil and Cindy McHolland
   Posted Sat May 04, 2019
We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Neil and Cindy McHolland

Judy Brown
   Posted Sat May 04, 2019

SOFT AND SWEET MEMORIES STANDING SPRAY was sent by Judy, Jenna, Matthew, and Michael.

Judy Brown
   Posted Sat May 04, 2019
Catherine, Carolyn, and Diana,
Aunt Vivian was such an inspiration to me in so many ways...her indomitable spirit, her compassion, her love of family, and of course her beauty inside and out. I will miss her twinkling eyes and laughter. I loved her with all my heart! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Love all of you,

Rita Elliott
   Posted Sun May 05, 2019
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you this week.

Love you all, Rita Fields

stanley hendrickson
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
I have so many many wonderful memories working with Vivian at the bank. I am truly so sorry for your loss Stan and Gretchen Hendrickson