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Vivian Phillips Free
Vivian Free

Vivian Phillips Free

Vivian Phillips Free, age 92, died on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center surrounded by her family. Vivian was known to her family and friends as “Bibi.” Vivian was a resident of Craighead Nursing Center. She was of the Baptist faith. Vivian moved to Arkansas in 1992, but lived the majority of her life in Ruleville, Mississippi. Vivian was born in Gadsden, Alabama on October 2, 1926. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clan and Lessie (Jefferson) Phillips, husband, William Free Sr., one sister, and five brothers. She is survived by one sister, Ona Phillips, also a resident at Craighead Nursing Center, her daughter, Janis Stacy (Tommy), and a son, William Free (Melanie), three grandchildren, Tanya Morris (Larry), Jennifer Biggers (Mark), Jarrett Free (Angela), and five great-grandchildren, Jeff Morris (Ashley), Mallory Freudiger (Daniel), Isaac Biggers, Elijah Biggers, and Anne Harper Free.

Vivian enjoyed working puzzles, fishing, playing cards and Bingo, and listening to Bluegrass and “real” country music. Her family often referred to her kitchen as “Bibi’s Kitchen,” and she always enjoyed preparing homecooked meals for them. Vivian was known to others as having a servant’s heart. She lived to serve others. During her younger years, Vivian would prepare and deliver soup to her neighbors when they were ill, and she regularly visited the Ruleville nursing home as well as the elderly who were homebound. Vivian faithfully and dutifully took care of her husband who was severely and permanently disabled due to a World War II combat injury. She made numerous trips from Ruleville to the VA hospital in Memphis while working a full-time job at Baxter Laboratories in Cleveland, Mississippi. Vivian grew up in the Depression Era and knew hard times well. This grit and endurance would serve her well as she persevered through ovarian cancer at the age of 35, two rotator cuff surgeries in her late 70’s, and four strokes requiring extensive rehabilitation at HealthSouth in Jonesboro. Although her passing leaves an enormous void, her family is comforted with this verse: Matthew 25:23 “[Her] master said to [her], ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

Graveside services will be Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville, Mississippi with Bro. Tommy W. Stacy officiating under the direction of Faith Funeral Service, Manila, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a donation of large piece puzzles or monetary donation to the Activity/Bingo account at Craighead Nursing Center, 5101 Harrisburg Rd., Jonesboro, Arkansas 72404.

Also, flowers can be sent to Faith Funeral Service, 2658 Hwy 18 west, Manila, Arkansas 72442. Florist: Leachville Florist (Gail), Leachville, Arkansas, 870-215-6829.

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Angel Meade wrote on March 11, 2019 5:13 pm

Praying for peace and comfort for your family! Isaiah 43:2

Bobby And Martha Bryan wrote on March 11, 2019 5:23 pm

Our thoughts and prayers for you all. May God wrap His arms around you and strengthen you during this very difficult time.

Lisa Hancock wrote on March 11, 2019 6:00 pm

Wonderful family. Bro. Tommy Stacy, her son in law, is our pastor at Light Baptist Church. We are praying for sunshine. God bless everyone involved!!!!!

Rosa Myers wrote on March 12, 2019 3:57 am

I only knew Bibi through her daughter and granddaughters. She was an amazing woman. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I believe we would have made good friends.

Julie Plunkett wrote on March 12, 2019 11:18 am

We know Bibi will be missed tremendously. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love you,
Rod, Julie, Kelsey and Kirsten

Kathy And Mike Hamner wrote on March 12, 2019 5:01 pm

We are so sorry for your loss but know that she is with our Lord and Savior walking on streets of gold. Praise the Lord for her faith and trust in Jesus. We know y’all will miss her very much. Our prayers are with you all as you go through the days ahead.

Sonia wrote on March 13, 2019 8:42 am

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7) May the hope of a resurrection right here on a restored earth bring you comfort. (John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life) Psalm 37:11, 29) But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

My deepest sympathy

M wrote on March 13, 2019 10:15 am

I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the god of comfort be with your family during this time. Revelation 21: 3 and 4 foretells of a future time when death will be no more and we will be reunited with our loved ones. Your family will be in my prayers.

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