Vivian Crofts

May 11th, 1916 - May 9th, 2019


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, May. 17th, 2019 5 - 8 pm


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, May. 18th, 2019 1 pm


Maplewood Cemetery

Sat, May. 18th, 2019

Vivian Crofts

Vivian May Crofts, 102, of Marion, passed away at 7:55 AM, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Parkway Manor in Marion. She was born on May 11, 1916 in Clarksburg, IL to Robert F. and Leona (Goddard) Barnett. She married Robert William Crofts, Jr. on July 9, 1938 in Albion Co., TN. He preceded her in death in 1959.

She was retired from working. She formerly worked as a homemaker, an activities director at a nursing home, driving a taxi and working at RR Donnelly (published telephone directories) in Chicago. Vivian was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion. She was a gifted musician and artist who was self-taught at playing the piano and spoons and won awards for her illustrations in children’s books. She was a member of the “Merry Music Makers” Kitchen Band of Marion and would perform at local nursing homes and hospitals. She was an active member of the Marion Senior Citizens and performed Tai Chi often. She was also a former member of the Marion American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the “Sports Riders of America”, which was a motorcycle club through the American Motorcycle Association.

Survivors include- Sons- James Crofts and wife Cheryl of Scottsdale, AZ Albert Brian Crofts of Carbondale Five grandchildren Seven great grandchildren Numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son- Robert Thomas Crofts, grandson- Michael James Crofts and four sisters.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Mitchell- Hughes Funeral Home in Marion. Rev. Wade Halva will officiate. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Friday, May 17, 2019 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion. Memorial donations are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church in Marion and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home/ 800 N. Market/ Marion, IL 62959. 

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8 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Jan Collins

    From: Ames, Iowa

    Date: May 10, 2019

    Vivian was an incredible and admirable lady. I greatly respected her. My prayers for all those left behind.

  • Guest: Dianne Artis

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 13, 2019

    she was a amazing woman even at 102…her smile could brighten any ones day
    from her extended family at Voyage Senior living

  • Guest: Jeannie Talbott

    From: Creal springs, Illinois

    Date: May 13, 2019

    I will miss you Vivian you have a special place in my heart . Thanks for some great memories fly high in the heavens my friend.

  • Guest: Michelle Roberts

    From: Maion , Illinois

    Date: May 14, 2019

    Our sympathy to the family of Vivian she was a beautiful lady she will be missed from Pat Lingle and Michelle Roberts

  • Guest: Rob and Shelley Simmonds

    From: BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota

    Date: May 14, 2019


    We are sorry for you loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Guest: Mary Kucharik

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 14, 2019

    Vivian was a strong woman with an indomitable spirit and a zest for living. She remained active and alert right up to the end of her full life. It was a privilege to have known her, and we certainly shall miss her!

  • Guest: Susie Selock

    From: Goreville , Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2019

    Vivian always had a smile on her face when she greeted people. She was an amazing woman who inspired many. She will be missed.

  • Guest: John DeNosky

    From: Royalton, Illinois

    Date: May 16, 2019

    Vivian was a wonderful person. I met her when I played music in a band for Senior Citizen dances. She and a sister always greeted me with a smile. RIP Vivian.