Dec. 24, 1932 – March 26, 2020
Evella Noelie (Snooky) Abney Vivien, 87, died March 26, 2020, at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg.
She was married for 57 years to the late Charles Lucien Vivien, Sr. and was the daughter of the late Walter L. Abney and Annie Miller Abney.
The youngest of nine children, Snooky was born on Dec. 24, 1932. Her nine siblings preceded her in death: Lawrence “Floppy” Abney, Sr., Robert “Bobby” Abney, Sr., Annie “Bootsie” Abney Rogers, Lincoln “Linky” Abney, John “John” Abney, Sr., Wilbert “Scrappy” Abney and Thomas “Tommy” Abney, and Dorothy “Dotsy” Abney Tanner and honorary sister, Jayne Glaser Hinton.
Survivors are her children, Mike Vivien (Tina), Pam Vivien Keaton and Debbie Vivien and daughter-in-law Bonnie Brettrager Vivien as well as grandchildren Jerrod Venable (Shana), Elise Toups, Chad Vivien, Charles L. “Karl” Vivien, III, Sam Vivien, Whitney Campbell, Isabelle Vivien and a great-grandchild, Piper Venable. Her oldest son, Charles Lucien Vivien Jr. preceded her in death.
Mrs. Vivien was born in Slidell, LA, graduated from Slidell High. She raised her children in Covington, LA and later moved to Purvis and after her husband’s death, to Hattiesburg. Outside of numerous volunteer efforts, she worked at First Bank as vice president of public relations and at St. Paul’s School as the Religion Resource Center attendant. Her humor and facade often overshadowed a savvy spirit that was well-known to those close to her.
Father Tommy Conway of St. Fabian Catholic Church in Hattiesburg exhibited unwavering devotion and was an unflappable model of faith for Snooky and her family over the years.
Private gravesite services and interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Honaker Funeral Home will be limited to immediate family only with a memorial service and mass at a time to be determined after the Covid crisis lifts.