Vivian Mae (Tibbetts) Searles (1928-2022)

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Vivian Mae (Tibbetts) Searles

NEW VINEYARD – Vivian Mae (Tibbetts) Searles, 94, of New Vineyard, passed away on July 23, 2022, in Farmington. Vivian was surrounded by her children when she passed.

She was born on April 2, 1928, in New Sharon, the daughter of the late Raymond and Doris (McKechnie) Tibbetts.

As one of 17 children, she and her siblings shared very special bonds. On Feb. 14, 1947, Vivian married her beloved husband Leland Searles of Strong. Together they had three children and made their home in New Vineyard.

Vivian and Leland worked and retired from Forster Manufacturing in Strong. Vivian was well known for her yard sales, handmade crafts and loved to participate in local craft fairs. She was an avid walker. A 5 mile walk wasn’t an unusual distance for her, where she continued to do so up into her 80’s. She loved volunteering at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Her greatest pleasure came from time spent with family, including her church family. Vivian especially loved the Christmas holiday, hosting the gathering for her family, preparing the meal and ensuring everyone had gifts.

Vivian is survived by her children, Janet Poland and husband Russ, Linda Grondin and husband Alan, all of Wilton, Leland Searles and wife Sharon, of Jay; 7 grandchildren, Michele Coates (Frank), James Smith, Melissa Hartford (Jesse), Shawn Holmes (Lisa), Kim Grondin (Bill), Maria Lombardi (Sebastian), and Jessica Morgan (Jamie); 12 great grandchildren, Nelson, Macey (Dylan), Sebastian, Nicholas, Samantha, Isaiah, Donna, Brandon, Bailey, Eli, Jordan and Sadie; 1 great- great grandchild Remington; a brother George Tibbetts Sr. and wife, Caroline of Chesterville; 3 sisters, Pauline Hewey of Anson, Mable Hewey of Turner, Josephine White and husband, George of Wilton; and several nieces and nephews.

Vivian was predeceased by her husband Leland; sisters, Lillian, Corrine, Rena, Marilyn, Carolyn, Evelyn, Doris, Shirley and Madeline; brothers, Ray, Eugene and Robert.

The family would like to thank Pinewood Terrace and Androscoggin Hospice Home Health for their care.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at 11 a.m., at the Fairview Cemetery in Farmington, with Arthur Potter officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation &
Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. Janet and Linda please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. May she Rest In Peace.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. Vivian was a wonderful woman, and good friend. She will be surely missed by all who were blessed to be her friend. May God be with all of her family, and carry you all through this time of grief. Love and prayers.

  3. My sympathies to Vivian’s family. Vivian was a dear friend and walking buddy to me!
    I will miss her ,but I will cherish our memories.

  4. Sympathy to the family of Vivian, she was a very sweet person. She was a dear friend and walking Buddy, I will miss her! I will treasure our memories!

  5. So sorry to hear about the passing of this beautiful lady. I had the privilege of meeting Vivian at Mt. View Bible Church in New Vineyard. She was one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. I love her dearly!!

  6. So sorry to read this. She was a very pleasant lady and I always enjoyed chatting with her. May she fly high with the Angels. Sending my prayers and sympathy to all of her family. Hold tight to your memories and they will help you through the days ahead. May she rest in peace!

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