(August 7, 1906 - March 28, 2011)
Vivian Edna Drum Burch, 104 years young, was born to William E. and Ella Burns Drum on August 7th, 1906, on a farm 8 ½ miles SE of Waverly, Kansas. She went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 28, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, March 31, 2011, at the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel with Rev. Roger Wood officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will gather and receive friends at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home on Wednesday, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Vivian’s grandfather Edward Drum immigrated to America during Ireland’s potato famine. She was very proud of her Irish heritage. Vivian graduated from Ottawa University in 1931. In 1933, she completed Medical Technician training at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. After training, she moved to Ardmore, Oklahoma to take a job at the Hardy Sanitarium.
She met the love of her life, Richard Burch, in Ardmore on a blind date in 1933. They were married on February 16th, 1935. They enjoyed fishing, traveling and playing golf together.
Vivian was a life long Methodist who faithfully went to church all of her life. Vivian was very creative and wrote several books of poetry. She was also a very big University of Oklahoma sports fan, and had attended the game against Notre Dame that broke the 47 game winning streak.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William E. Drum in 1930, and Ella Burns Drum in 1959; a sister, Wilma Drum Maxwell in 1987; and her husband Richard Burch in 1993.
Vivian is survived by her daughter, Wenona Scrivner and husband Tom of Reydon, Oklahoma; granddaughter Kim Ward and special friend Karen Crane of Norman, Oklahoma, and Tracey Wirth and husband Jack, of Plainview, Texas; two great grandchildren, Thomas Wirth and Jaci Wirth of Plainview, Texas; a nephew Noel Maxwell and wife Ann and family and the surviving Burch family members.
Several months ago I posted one her her poems. There are many - she was a prolific writers. Though her life was full of challenges, she remained ever kind, sweet and will so deeply missed. God bless and keep those who took such goood care of her. To my great aunts and uncle - sincerest sympathy. I sense there is a deep sense of loss for all of the Burch family. I'm thankful to have joined the Round Robin letter several years ago so I could get acquainted with Aunt Vivian through her writing. I do believe, everyone jumped to her letters and poetry first. O! how we'll miss that. Thank you Aunt Vivian for being such a great example of how to live - live long and deep your sweet disposition.