WACO- Services for Vivian D. Litton, 93, who went to be with her Lord will be held at the Crestview Church of Christ at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with the burial at Exray Cemetery, north of Stephenville at 4:30 p.m. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.
Vivian was born in Erath County to William G. and Vivian Bryant Fulbright the youngest of six children.
After attending school in Gordon and Thurber she graduated from Strawn High School and then attended Ranger Junior College.
Her enrollment at Abilene Christian College culminated in her graduation in 1941 and began a lifetime of loving support for the school. She was proud of the fact that all of her children, their spouses and her grandchildren graduated from ACU. Upon graduation she taught at Mullin High School. After working as a stay-at-home mother while her children were young she returned to school in her 40’s to earn a Masters of Education degree from Baylor University. She then returned to the classroom where she taught fourth grade at Hillcrest Elementary until she retired.
On May 2, 1939 she met the love of her life J.D. Litton at his skating rink in Ranger. They married on Aug. 12, 1943 in Colorado Springs where he was stationed in the U.S. Army Air Corps before going overseas. After the war J.D. graduated from Texas A&M. They lived in Hillsboro and Waxahachie before moving to Waco in 1960. They were married for 62 years until J.D.’s death in 2006.
Vivian loved the Lord and worshiped faithfully at the Crestview Church of Christ, where she taught Bible classes for children for many years and taught Ladies’ Bible Class into her 80’s. She participated in various ministries, including the tape ministry, Meals on Wheels, visitation and was known as a cheerful encourager to all. She loved music, especially a cappella gospel music. She also enjoyed playing the piano for gatherings of family and friends. Her greatest joy was that her children and their families all love the Lord. The legacy of faith she shared with J.D. is carried on by son, Bill Litton and wife Deeanne, of Waco, daughter Cynthia Cooke and husband Jim of Abilene, son David Litton and wife Diane of Tyler, granddaughter Lacy Underwood and husband Kevin of Mansfield, grandson Jim Litton and wife Kelly of Abilene, granddaughters Jennifer McMillian and husband David of Atlanta, Ga., Emily Wardell and husband Jacob of Belton, grandson Jonathan Cooke of Abilene, granddaughters Lana Page and husband Doug of Kaufman, Larissa Smith and husband Kyle of Arequipa, Peru, Briana Singleton and husband Justin of Athens, great-grandchildren Matthew, Brynlee, Kasen and Ryan Underwood, Anna Lee, J.D. and Kade Litton, Maddy McMillian, Ella Wardell, Drew, Allie, Aaron and Alivia Page, Shaye Cora and Aria Smith. She will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews and many life-long friends.
Memorials may be made to the Vivian Fulbright Litton Endowed Scholarship at Abilene Christian University (ACU Box 29132, Abilene, TX 79699), CUDA (Christian Urban Development Assn.) of Arequipa, Peru (cudaperu.org) or Eastern European Missions.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guestbook” at www.WHBfamily.com.