Vivian Lightfoot, 96

Dec. 31, 2021

Vivian Marie Lightfoot, 96, of Hector, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at the Olivia Healthcare Center. A memorial service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia, with the Rev. Krey Leesman officiating. Burial is in the St. Aloysius Cemetery in Olivia. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Vivian Lightfoot was born in Redwood Falls to F. Dale and Alice (Wilcox) Lightfoot. The family moved to Olivia where she attended the Olivia School. After graduating from high school she took the one-year training for teachers at Glencoe. The rest of her college education was secured at night classes and summer school. In 1950, Vivian earned the two-year degree, and in 1959 she finally received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State, where she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She had taken additional courses from Mankato State, Bemidji State and Western Washington in Bellingham, Washington. Vivian began her teaching with seven years in the rural schools of Renville County. The largest enrollment was 23 with grades one through six. By 1950, the rural schools were being closed, so Vivian went to Buffalo Lake, where she had 39 third-graders. The second year she taught in a town hall a block from the main building. During that year, several days were spent with the class on bleachers in the gym because the town hall couldn’t be heated above 60 degrees. The third year in Buffalo Lake was as a teacher of half the fifth-graders in a two-room rural school several miles north of town. Then Vivian taught one year in Dawson before going to Hutchinson in 1955 to teach third grade. When the high school moved in 1961, she began teaching elementary P.E. She taught second-graders the last seven years of her career, retiring in 1988. She moved to Las Vegas a few years later and moved back to Minnesota in 2019. In addition to teaching, Vivian enjoyed working with children as a Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader, and as a counselor at both Bible camp and Girl Scout camp. After 44 years of teaching, she was ready to try her hand at a few of the things she had not had the time to do at any length. Vivian’s hobbies were knitting lap robes for nursing homes, reading mysteries by Lillian Jackson Braun, and crossword puzzles. She also liked playing cards, bingo and dominoes. For several years, Bev and Vivian had a 19-foot motor home. They enjoyed traveling and visiting many campgrounds throughout the summer months. Vivian will be remembered for being a lifelong teacher and loving aunt to her family.

Vivian is survived by her lifelong partner, Beverly Laird of Hector; nieces and nephews, Linda (Daryl) Goblirsch of Olivia, John (Vicki) Lightfoot of Glencoe, Deb (Bernie) Gilbert of Palmyra, Wisconsin, Cindy (Terrence) Darwin of Kerrick, Cheri (Gene) Holden of Chaffee, Missouri, Stacey (Wes) Hail of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Randy (Lisa) Lightfoot of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Charlene (Tom) Spinks of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Brian (Allura) of Arden, North Carolina, Pam (Robert) Hunold of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Dianne (Randy) Donalies of Atascadero, California; sister-in-law Betty Lightfoot of Atascadero, California; brother-in-law Bruce Lundquist of Las Vegas, Nevada; and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, F. Dale and Alice Lightfoot; brothers, Lloyd, Howard and Curtis Lightfoot; sister Joyce Lundquist; and nephew, Douglas Lightfoot.

Blessed be her memory.

Arrangements with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service in Olivia, 320-523-1102, dirksblem.com.