Vivian Garrison Van Ausdal
- Published: April 4, 2019
Vivian Garrison Van Ausdal, of Beavercrek, died Sunday, March 31, at Trinity Care Community. She was 104.
Vivian was known to many in Yellow Springs for her family ties and involvement in community and civic activities. She taught English at Beavercreek High School and many former students have cited her as their best teacher. She loved music and held season tickets for the Dayton Philharmonic for more than 60 years. Yellow Springs concerts were always happy occasions.
Vivian was born April 23, 1914, and grew up in Darke County, Ohio, graduating from Arcanum High School in 1931. After working and saving up for a year, she started at Miami University, completing her B.A. in 1937. Her roommate urged her to go on a blind double date in the last semester of her senior year. With reluctance, she agreed, and met Gerald Van Ausdal of Lewisburg, a physics major. They married in May of 1938.
She was preceded in death by Gerald, in 1979, by her three younger sisters, and by her first cousin, Jane Hawes Norman. She is survived by a large family; those with ties to Yellow Springs include sons Karl, Ray (Beverly), Paul (Carol) and Glenn (Cindi); grandchildren Kaarin, Shawn (Claudia), Kendra (Laura), Ben (Lori), Jessie (Derek Bristol), Max (Jenelle), Corrie (Matthew Collins), Jesse Hagberg (Bethany), Evan Hagberg, Jared (Cortney), Brandon (C.J.) and Michael. Local great-grandchildren are Aryn, Alexis, Tiger Collins and Theo Collins.
Vivian’s community leadership was honored in her 1985 induction to the Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame. She served on the Council on Aging and others in her 90s.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m., at Hawker UCC in Beavercreek. Visit http://www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.