ONALASKA — Vivian J. Mullikin, 91, of Onalaska, WI, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Mulder Health Care in West Salem.
Vivian was born on February 11, 1930, to Harold and Rosalie (O’Donnell) Armstrong in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. She grew up in Fort Frances, graduated from high school, graduated from business school in two years, and worked for the Fort Frances Times newspaper. Vivian met her husband, Donald, when he and his friend, James Mindham, were on leave from the military and took a trip to Canada. Vivian was filling in for a friend at the local bowling alley, when Don and Jim walked in just before closing time. The three took turns playing bowling and bowling. After a two-year court of letters and visits, Don and Vivian were married on September 4, 1950, at the English Lutheran Church of La Crosse. They lived in Onalaska most of their 71 years of marriage.
Vivian’s first job in the La Crosse area was for Metallics, Inc. She then worked for Allis-Chalmers, a law firm, accounting firm, and then retired from County Social Services. The Crosse.
Over the years, Vivian has enjoyed reading, puzzles, knitting, and piano lessons. She excelled especially in canning vegetables and homemade jellies, baking and painting ceramic pieces. She was a leader scout, a den mother, she taught Sunday school, was part of the Alter guild, and for many years was a member of the circle of First Lutheran Church in Onalaska. She was also very active in the La Crosse Fraternal Branch of the Mutuelle Nationale (now known as Better Life). In Don’s words, “she was a great lady.”
Vivian is survived by her husband, Donald; and their three children: Donna Wavra, Rhonda (Patrick) Lawrence, both of Onalaska, and Donald “Kevin” (Sandra) Mullikin of Colorado Springs, CO; six grandchildren: Cheree (Aaron) Tiry of Altoona, WI, Gretchen Bautista, Molly (Brian) Baker, Sarah (Lucas) Halberg, all of Onalaska, Katie (Mark) Erickson of Viroqua, WI, and Donald K. (fiancee Samantha) Mullikin Jr. of Los Angeles, California; eight great-grandchildren: Celsey (Tyler) Soine of Coon Rapids, MN, Mia, Kai and Noa Bautista, Bradley and Annabelle Baker, and Sylvia and Theodore Erickson; and a great-great-granddaughter, Hayden Soine. Vivian is also survived by four of her twelve siblings: Shirley (Maxwell) Judd of Mississauga, Ontario, Neta Rosti of Blue Mountain, Ontario, Glen Armstrong of Fort Frances, Ontario and Roger Armstrong of Wausaga Beach, Ontario, and many , many beloved nieces and nephews.
Preceding Vivian in death were her parents; son-in-law Robert Wavra, Jr .; her sisters: Phoebe Mosley, Dorothy Norlund, G. Pauline Smith, R. Sylvia Batcher and Betty Cawston; brothers: Reginald Armstrong and Harold Armstrong Jr.; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Private Family Services will be held, chaired by Pastor Jason Stanton (of First Lutheran Church, Onalaska), at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home of Onalaska with interment in Onalaska Cemetery.
Requests from the family instead of flowers, submissions can be made on Dementia / Alzheimer’s research.
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