Vivian A. Ford

  • Born: December 31, 1912
  • Died: April 14, 2014
  • Location: Danville, Virginia

Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home

1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Tel. (703) 998-9200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Vivian Allwine Ford was born on December 31, 1912 to Daniel Thomas and Jeanette Mudd Allwine. Vivian was the youngest of 7 children born to the Allwine's and was often referred to as "Sis". Most of her youth was spent growing up at the Abingdon Plantation which was also the birth place of Nelly Custis, they lived there until 1922 when the family moved to South 20th St in Arlington. Vivian attended Hume School as well as George Mason High School. She joined Calvary Methodist Church on April 8th 1928 where she remained an active member until she was well into her 90's.

In the early 1930's she meet John S. Ford a local carpenter who was also a volunteer fireman for the Arlington County 5 district. After a 6 year courtship the two were finally married on May 27, 1939 in Snow Hill Maryland, they then went on a brief honeymoon to Virginia Beach. The two made their home on South 19th Street (Vivian remained living there until 2006). The couple had one child Jeanette who was born in April of 1944 while "Johnny" was a Seabee and stationed in Midway. Around Jeanette's first birthday Johnny returned home and the three were finally together.

Throughout the years Vivian volunteered and served on many community and church committees. Some such was Kindergarten teacher for Cradle Roll, Superintendent for Sunday School of the 4 & 5 year olds for Calvary Methodist , In addition she ran the Youth Division, Children's Division and served on the Board of Education at Calvary Methodist for various years. She also worked for Abingdon House Apartments as a Manager for several years before deciding to leave to travel with her husband whom had recently retired.

Her daughter Jeanette was married in 1964 at which time she gained a Son (in law) Jerry A Fenske. Her son in law was in the Navy and the couple moved often until settling in Va Beach. In 1980 the couple adopted a child Janna Marie giving John and Vivian their one and only grandchild. Jeanette passed away in 1993 leaving a void in the Ford's hearts for the remainder of their days.

Throughout the years you could find Vivian traveling with her husband, supporting her church, collecting bells, enjoying the Crystal City Seniors Club, even modeling in the Crystal City Seniors Club fashion shows. The Ford's were known for their great family gatherings especially ones to celebrate the Summer birthdays where homemade ice cream and coconut cake was always on hand. Both the Ford and Allwine families brought several nieces and nephews into their lives that all held a very special place in Vivian and John's hearts.

In their 90's the couple was still very independent and living at their home. Janna had two children that brought new meaning to the couples world. In her 90's you could almost always find Vivian cuddled up with both young children in her lap reading them a story and sneaking them all the goodies that their mom would say no to! Sadly in 2003 John passed away shortly after in 2006 Vivian moved to Culpeper, Va with her granddaughter and her husband.

The last years of her life Vivian spent in Danville, VA. at the Roman Eagle Nursing Home, they were very good to her and her son in law diligently visited her many days a week. In December Vivian celebrated her 101st birthday with 2 nephews and their wives, a great nephew and his wife, a great-great nephew and his fiancé as well as her son in law, granddaughter and 3 of her great grandchildren.

During her 101 years she was blessed with amazing parents, protective big brothers, a devoted husband, a loving daughter and son in law, many beloved nieces and nephews, great friends, a granddaughter she referred to as the light of her life and a grandson in law, the most amazing neighbors, a church family, and four incredible great grandchildren. One can only wish to live a life as blessed as hers.

Condolence & Memory Journal


She will be missed dearly.
Sorry for loss.

Posted by Shane Harmon - Point of Rocks, WY   April 16, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in family, friends and prayer (Psalm 65:2) during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   April 16, 2014

Offering my deepest condolences. May the Ford family find comfort in the Bible's assurance that the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out . . . (John 5:28, 29) May your memories of Vivian continue to provide you a measure of comfort during this time. For further comfort about what the Bible promises regarding the hope for the dead, kindly visit

Posted by CG - NJ   April 16, 2014

The Fords often travelled with Jeanette and I as they had only gone to California years earlier. They often commented that we provided the source to see many new places, going to Canada shortly after getting their new Car. Shared many weeks in Time Shares, and loved to ride in the custom van, with Janna in between in a special cushion.
One of the most memorable Christmas times was our second year in Charleston, SC and we had John, Vivian, Arthur, Norma, Julie, and Kim all together in our two bedroom townhouse. Talk about a Crowd!
I am sure the three will be celebrating together once again. It has been a Blessing having Vivian close and able to share many Happy Conversations with her after losing Jeanette 21 years ago. She always treated me as her SON!
I will miss all three, Greatly. Jerry.T

Posted by Jerry A. Fenske - Callands, VA - SON - in law   April 16, 2014

Aunt Sis lived a very long and full life, she is at peace now. She will be missed.

Posted by Jean Allwine - Londonderry, NH - Niece   April 15, 2014