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3915 Dacoma St.
Suite E
Houston, TX 77092
Phone: 713-344-0764
Fax: 888-281-0550
Vivien Hobart

Vivien Hobart

Friday, October 31, 1924 Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Obituary for Vivien Hobart (Watkins)

The life of Vivien Watkins Hobart was a full and blessed journey. She was born and raised in the small farming town of Carlisle, Arkansas in 1924. As a child, she began school at a small teaching prep school on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, until her mother and aunt decided to move to Houston Tx in 1930. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School, then graduated from Lamar High School in 1943, and went on to attend the University of Houston from 1944-45. She then went to Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, where, at the invitation of a friend in New York City, traveled to and lived in the Big Apple for a year, and attended Interior Design School there. When she moved back to Houston, she became interested in community theater, and started acting at the Houston Little Theater, with roles in productions of The Tempest, Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Fatal Attraction, Cry Out Cassandra, The Millionaires, and others. It was there, in 1948, that she met her future husband, Franklin Russell Hobart, who was in charge of lighting on the set. They were married in January of 1952 in Lake Charles, LA. In the fall of that year, she gave birth to her first-born son, Shelby. Two years later, her son Kevin was born. Vivien was one of the most caring persons one could ever hope to know, a devoted wife and mother, who was always placing the needs of others above her own. She is survived by her two sons, Shelby and Kevin, daughter-in-law Debby, granddaughter Jennifer and her son Vivaan, grandson Matt, and an extended family, including Donna and Steve Webb, and their sons, Colin and Carrie. In lieu of flowers please donate to the houstonhumane.org/(Give)/giving/general-donation

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Lauren

Your beautiful smile will live on, as you've passed down so much wisdom to me. Always thinking of you.
Lauren Pagano
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Shelby

Thank you for these sweet words, Lauren.
Posted at 11:31am
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Donna Jackson

Since Vivien was the best friend of my aunt Rose Marie Helton, I always thought of her as my aunt, too. I grew up with sons Shelby & Kevin as "cousins." To say I loved Vivien would be an understatement—I worshipped her! She was so genteel, beautifully spoken, the perfect hostess, and happy to converse on ANY subject. I hope this exquisite lady knows how uncommon she was and what joy she brought to my life for 50 years.
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Shelby

Beautiful words, Donna. Thank you.
Posted at 12:13am
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Jan Kambona

I miss Mama Vivien, since her passing, at the facility where she leaved first a year, it’s impossible not to remember and talk about her. She was a special women and we glad to have got to know her and take care of her. She shared many memories of herself and her family. May she Rest In Peace and May God continue to watch and protect those she leaves behind.
Comment | Posted at 08:06pm via Condolence
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Shelby

Your goodness and caring for her and my father will always be remembered and cherished. May God bless you and your family, Jan and thank you for your friendship and devotion.
Posted at 09:04am
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Shelby Hobart

Mom, we miss you tremendously. You did so much for us throughout our lives.
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