Mrs. Vivian Marie (Crider) Ward Blackshear, 79, of Newport, departed this life at her home Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. She was born Feb. 19, 1933 in Egypt, the daughter of John Allen and Lona Anna (Krebs) Crider.
Mrs. Blackshear was a 1951 graduate of Cash High School. Miss Vivian Marie Crider married Mr. Jimmy Owen Ward in 1962. They made their home in Newport.
Mrs. Blackshear began working for John Minor Insurance and Real Estate as an insurance agent and licensed real estate agent in 1974 and remained a valued member of that staff for the past 38 years. She was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Post 4683 VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Book Club, Newport B&PW, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Red Hat Society, and was an avid bridge player, playing for years with a treasured group of friends.
Mrs. Blackshear was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Always giving 110 percent to every endeavor, she was a meticulous planner, a true perfectionist, and it was always a joy to be in her company. Her distinctive laugh was infectious. Mrs. Vivian Ward Blackshear was a treasure and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Jimmy Owen Ward; her second husband Arthur Blackshear; and one brother, Raymond Crider.
Mrs. Blackshear is survived by one daughter, Sonya Ward of Little Rock; one stepdaughter and children, Suzanne Mutersbaugh, Amanda, Angela and Jason all of Sumter, S.C.; one sister, Virginia Balch of Newport; one sister-in-law, Carol (Richardson) Crider of Swifton; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Ryan Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 from 6-8 p.m.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers were Kenny Crider, Craig Crider, Wesley Grady, Justin Sipes, Michael Sipes and Terry Hardin. Honorary Pallbearers were Jack Austin, Jack Frost, Seth Hardin and J.C. McMinn.
Arrangements by Jackson's Newport Funeral Home (www.jacksonsfh.com).