CARIBOU – Vivian Eva Willey, 77, a great and special lady, has left Sept. 26, 2010, at a Bangor hospital after a two-year struggle with several health challenges. She was born April 26, 1933, in Frenchville, the oldest child of the late Ledo and Eva (Albert) Chasse. After the early death of her father, her mother married Bernard Dumond, who became her “dad.” She was raised and attended school in Frenchville and St. Agatha. She came to live in Sinclair, where she met her husband of 59 years, Philip Willey. They wed July 28, 1951. Together they built a remarkable life. She had many loves in her life. Her first love was always her husband and family. She relished the opportunity of bringing family together for food and fun. He next love would be her many close friends, especially Josephine St. Peter and Doreen Webb. She loved her work as a homemaker and the owner and operator of her own property management business, VEW Management. She loved her church and nurtured a profound faith. A devout Catholic, she served as a model to many with an unshakeable belief in the goodness of God and comfort of faith. Her four children and their spouses carry on her memory, Ron and Lou Willey, Barrett Willey and Bonnie Whitmore, Rick and Lisa Willey, and Vicky Willey and Paul Kemberling. Twelve grandchildren, Jared, Rebekkah, Sarah, Amy, Rachael, Benjamin, Ethan, Philip, Eli, Elisha, Jeremiah and Grace; and four great-grandchildren, Malachai, Samantha, Ephraim and Hannah, join together in cherishing their grandmother and great-grandmother. She was especially close to her two brothers and their families, Phillip and Tina Chasse, and Edmund and Carmen Dumond; as well as her sister, Maxine and Armand Guerrette; and her brother-in-law and his family, Loomis and Mary Willey. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Holy Rosary Church, Parish of the Precious Blood, with the Very Rev. Jean-Paul Labrie officiating. Friends wishing to contribute in memory of Mrs. Willey may do so by supporting Caribou Children’s Discovery Museum or Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Arrangements by Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com
VIVIAN EVA WILLEY
Posted Sept. 28, 2010, at 7:36 p.m.