Vivian A. High

Vivian A. High, 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at A Touch of Grace Foster Home, from Alzheimer's. Vivian was born on August 29, 1925, in Wichita, Kans., to Matthew and Virginia Fox. She entered the convent of Sisters of St. Joseph, in Wichita, Kans., at age 15 and continued to serve her Lord for 35 years.

During those years, she completed college at College of Emporia, Kans., and continued her education quest to obtain two Master's Degrees from Notre Dame University in journalism and English/ library science. She taught elementary and high school and was head librarian in various schools in Kans. During her teaching years, she touched the lives of many of her pupils, evident by the many letters of correspondence she received after leaving their schools.

In 1977, she married Thaine R. High, of Topeka, Kans., and after they traveled the U.S.A. in their motorhome. They then settled in Oceanside, Calif. They made their home there until their health necessitated a move to Medford, Ore., to be closer to family, in 2006. They chose Avemere at Waterford Retirement Center and enjoyed the many activities, memorable excursions, and time with their family.

Vivian continued to honor her Lord by attending Mass every morning until her health altered that activity. She moved to A Touch of Grace Foster Home in March 2009, due to her Alzheimer's. Vivian was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed computer work, community activities and traveling. Her thirst for knowledge was almost insatiable. She was a warm and loving wife to Thaine.

Vivian is survived by her husband, Thaine, of Medford, Ore.; step-children, Kathy (Phil) Ellena, of Medford, Ore.; Margi (Greg) Menken, of Ft. Bragg, Calif.; step-grandchildren, Karen (Arthur) Durone; great granchild, Devin Durone, all of Central Point, Ore.; sister, Lois Riley, of Overland Park, Kans.; sister-in-law, Liz Fox, of Iowa City, Iowa; brother, Matthew Fox and family, of Muscatine, Iowa; nephew, Mike (Marsha) Fox, of Englewood, Colo. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bernard Fox in 2010; and her parents.

Vivian is a bright star in the sky and her wonderful spirit will remain in our hearts and memories forever. We are eternally blessed to have had her in our lives! Her family wishes to express our gratitude to Dr. Stephen Nelson and staff, to the staff at A Touch of Grace Foster Home, for their excellent care, compassion and love provided to Vivian the last two and a half years! Also a thanks to Asante Hospice team for their expert care, guidance and comfort in her final days.

Her memorial service is planned for Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at Avemere at Waterford, at 3:30 p.m. Inurement with Catholic Mass will be in Kansas as a later date. Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.

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