Vivienne Coward, a longtime resident of Gig Harbor and Poulsbo, Washington, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15th, in Port Orchard, Washington.
Born 1934 in Seattle, Vivienne spent several years working for Ohio Casualty Group in Seattle and then Los Angeles, before meeting and marrying her love of 52 years, Jimmie K. Coward. They were married on May 18, 1956, in Las Vegas.
In the decades that followed, Vivienne raised 5 children while supporting Jim in his US Naval career. Vivienne’s children were her priority; however she still found time to volunteer as a Candy Striper in 1972. As her kids grew up, she volunteered as both a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, room mother, and softball coach.
As her children grew older, Vivienne and Jim enjoyed travelling including an adventurous road trip through Alaska. She also enjoyed taking trips to Westport and Cannon Beach with her grandchildren as well as special trips with her two sisters.
Vivienne was known for her exemplary cooking and enjoyed both sewing and crocheting. She enjoyed travel and had a love for the beach and ocean. Most of all, Vivienne was known for being the type of woman who was everyone’s friend and mother.
Vivienne is survived by her children Alan Coward; Jonni (Russ) King, Kathy (Ted) Pregnall, Scott (Miriam) Coward, Gregory (Maryanne) Coward, her grandchildren Anthony Triplett, Delaney Triplett, Joshua Coward, Olivia Coward and a great grandson, Avitus Triplett (Anthony and Amber). Vivienne also leaves behind a sister, Margaret Finton, as well as a brother, Rodrik Nilsson, both of Poulsbo.
Vivienne is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie K. Coward, a sister, Ann (Don) Plath, and a nephew David Plath.
Vivienne was a generous and warm woman who will be dearly missed. A memorial service under direction of Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor, will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at 2 p.m.