Vivian Ruth (Stout) Haynes, 105, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Vivian Ruth Stout was born to the late Chattie Mae and Everett Stout in 1915. She grew up in a little house on Marshall Street in Norwalk, Ohio. She was the youngest of three sisters and two brothers. Their family didn’t have much, but her mom would always make sure anyone who showed up at their house would have a meal. We are pretty sure she was a spoiled child because once she set her beautiful, powder-blue eyes on something, she usually got it. At the age of 16, she set her eyes on a lanky, handsome, 17-year-old redhead named Guilbert. He lived right down the street from her, and she would eye him from her living room window. One day she decided enough was enough, and she told him she liked him… After five years of courtship, she got him. In 1936, Vivian married the love of her life and became Vivian Ruth Haynes. Times were tough, but so were they.
She worked at the Woolworth’s Five and Dime and he at the local auto parts store. They scrimped and saved, living in an age when a quarter in a slot would keep the electric on. When they bought their first house together at 195 East Main Street, they created a place that felt almost like a Norman Rockwell painting. It felt idyllic. The little brick house had a meticulously manicured front yard. The back yard was filled with peony bushes and lilacs, and she'd fill her house with them when they bloomed. She loved beautiful things; it's why she was constantly getting her husband to get her new carpet, new furniture, different lamps. Lest we forget, the latest flocked wallpaper that adorned the walls. The two of them had a flair for color and design and their home was always in style. She loved the color red. Red shoes. Red fingernail polish. You name it! If it was red, she liked it. It was no surprised she chose a color much like her personality, bright and warm and WOW!
She and Gil raised two kind and loving daughters, Cynda Lou and Sandra Sue. Cindy married John “Jack” McFadden Sr. and had four children: John (Beth Smith) McFadden Jr., Tim (A.J. Goldberg) McFadden, Scott (Lachell Favede) McFadden, and Kelly (Scot Smith). Sandy married Richard “Dick” Miller and had one child, Tyler. If it were up to her grandkids, they would have gone to see her every day for hugs and kisses. It was not possible to get enough hugs and kisses from her, and she gave lots of them. When they grew up, she often proved she had more energy than them. She'd stay up well past midnight to dish on the latest styles and trends.
Viv and Gil were married for 58 years, until he pulled her in for one last kiss and said farewell. She would go on to the age of 105 to see the incredible family they began together, grow and prosper. She never dreamed back then she’d be able to rock to sleep her great-grandchildren, Joshua, Devin, Madison, Colin, Ean, Lillie, Chloe, Spencer, and Annabelle. She loved watching them grow. She couldn’t believe it when her two great-great-grandchildren, Ledger and Griffin, would sit in her lap and she’d coo to them.
And she could never get enough time with her little grand-dog, Bella, who would run to her and jump on her lap. She also had a special place in her heart for her big grand-dog Jasper, who she loved to sneak treats to as he sat at her feet.
We can’t begin to express how much she will be missed. We honor her life and the incredible legacy she left behind. Farewell sweet Grammy.
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband Guilbert Norman Haynes; siblings, Ted Stout, Loyal Stout, Bernice Ferres, Inez Horning, and Treva Miller; former son-in-law, John McFadden Sr.; granddaughter-in-law, Joann (Rospert) McFadden; step-granddaughter, Jordan Smith.
Her family will receive friends on Friday, April 2, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857. Visitors are required to bring and wear a mask while at the funeral home and are encouraged to follow all social distancing and mass gathering guidelines. The funeral home has a limited capacity, so guests should be prepared to wait outside. Due to COVID restrictions, the family will be holding a private family service, but it will be recorded and uploaded to the funeral home website (walkereastmanheydingerfh.com) and can be located under her obituary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Huron County Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 4487. Online condolences may be made by visiting the funeral home website.
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Huron County Humane Society
246 Woodlawn Ave, Norwalk OH 44857
1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky OH 44870