Vivian Yvonne Johns

May 10, 1935 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 85)



Vivian Yvonne Brandon Johns, the daughter of the late George Jackson Brandon and Louise M. Payne St. Clair departed this life on May 20, 2020 in Montclair, New Jersey after a very brief illness. 

Vivian was born in Fort Springs, West Virginia on May 10, 1935.  The family relocated to Montclair, New Jersey in the early 1940’s when Vivian was around 6 years of age.  

She graduated from Montclair High School in 1954.  After graduating, she attended Katherine Gibbs College and earned a degree in Secretarial studies.  She worked as a Church secretary at St. Paul’s Baptist Church and later worked for the Township of Montclair for over 20 years starting in the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Bureau.  Vivian eventually moved over to the Montclair Fire Department where she served as the Administrator in the Fire Chiefs Office during the tenure of 4 different Chief’s. She retired from the Fire Prevention Bureau in 1997.

After retirement she devoted time to volunteering with the American Red Cross, Montclair, NJ.  She was always reaching out to those in the family who needed assistance in any way.  Her beautiful spirit would always fill the room and her loving nature always shined through.  She gave her life to the Lord at a young age and did not waiver in her commitment to the Holy word of God.  Vivian’s life was about helping others and she often provided a comforting ear and sound advice on life’s many twist and turns.  During her retirement years she most enjoyed her grandchildren and watching them grow and excel in school and other activities they engaged in.

Vivian met the love of her life and was united in holy matrimony on October 8, 1960 to William E Johns this union was blessed with two sons: William E Johns Jr. and Jeffrey D Johns. 

She was predeceased by her beloved sister’s Maxine Wilkins and Rosemary Aikens and her husband William E Johns Sr.

Vivian is survived by her two sons and one daughter in law Theresa Johns; one grandson Jeffrey D. Johns Jr. and granddaughters Vanessa V. Johns and Tanisha C. Clark.  One surviving sister Suluki Id-Deen (Florida) and an Aunt Juanita Wilson  (North Carolina), a niece Dawn Wilkins and two nephew’s Henry Aikens, Jr, and Christopher Robinson along with a host of nieces nephews and cousins and other beloved relatives and friends.

Vivian will be genuinely missed by everyone who knew and loved her.  She left an everlasting impression with just about everyone she came in contact with.

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