In the year when Ne-Hi soda was first invented, and after 3,300 years-King Tuts tomb was finally opened…It was the year of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a year when the average income was $2,196; A new car cost-$265; a new house sold for-$7,720; 1924-the year when a gallon of gas cost eleven cents and a loaf of bread could be bought for nine cents…Calvin Coolidge was president…future President Jimmy Carter and Don Knotts also known as Barney Fife were introduced to the world. Walt Disney created Alice’s Wonderland and the average life expectancy was fifty-four years and one month, a Baby girl was born in Topeka, Kansas to C.B. Doodlum Stewart and Bertha Cunningham Stewart. Her name was Vivian LaFrance.
Vivian was reared in Topeka, Kansas; where she attended public schools, and upon moving to Corpus Christi, Texas, there she attended school graduating from Solomon M. Coles. After graduating, Vivian went on to complete Beauty School as she called it, and worked as a beautician.
On February 5, 1944, she met and married Her Husband of 62 years-Mr. Alfred Lee Tanksley, and to this union Six Children were born.
Ms. Tanksley united with St. Paul United Methodist Church where she served tirelessly in Her Church. She was faithful in the choir, where she served in the capacity of President, as well as The President of The United Methodist Women for many years. She had a profound love for her church where her presence was felt and loved, as well as missed when her health no longer allowed her to attend.
In life, Ms. Tanksley worked for Tom and Marilyn Billings who were the Proprietors of Billings Oil Company. They treated her like family. She was often fond of saying, for years she thought that she was family until she walked by the mirror…
Ms. Tanksley’s love for her family was exhibited in her daily life by the love and affection that was given to her by her children especially her baby son Philip Tanksley who stood by her side and took care of her until the day that she took her heavenly flight.
In Ninety-Six Years, the road was not always easy. The hills were sometimes hard to climb, the tears sometimes in spite of a smile, but all in all, Vivian was able to stand and endure. To witness the abolishment of Jim Crow, to come from the back of the bus to the front, but her heart was still content to sing, whate’er my lot, thou has taught me to say, it is well, with my soul.
On Friday, September 4, 2020, God saw the road was getting rough, and the hills hard to climb, so he closed her weary eyelids, and sweet peace she did find. Waiting to meet Her at Heaven’s Gate was Her Parents, The Love of Her Life-Mr. Alfred Tanksley, Sr., An Aunt-Fannie Davis; Her Brother-James Stewart; Her Sister-Jessie Mae Bagwell; Her Daughter-Beverly Sue Winters; Her Grandson-Brent Tanksley; and Her GrandDaughter-Nataya LaFrance Tanksley.
Left In God’s Keeping With Precious Memories Are:
Her Daughters-Agnes Topsy, and Deborah (Ronald) Ross; Her Sons-Alfred Lee Tanksley, Jr., Charles Clark (Sylvia) Tanksley and Philip Wayne Tanksley;
Fourteen Grandchildren, Nineteen Great Grandchildren, Six Great Great Grandchildren, A Sister in Law-Emma Stewart of San Antonio, Texas; A Niece-Bertha Nell McGee of Houston, Texas; Two Nephews-Jimmy Stewart and Irving Prince both of San Antonio, Texas; along with other family and friends and Her St. Paul Church Family…
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