Vivian Odessa Hardiman

unknown - October 18, 2011

Vivian Odessa Hardiman, 97, of Jefferson City, died Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at St. Mary's Health Center. She was born on February 20, 1914, in Jefferson City, the daughter of the late Jasper Hoon and Ardella Claire Smith Simmons. Vivian attended Lincoln University. She was united in marriage on May 4, 1939, in Jefferson City, to Arthur Hardiman, who preceded her in death on February 9, 1967. Vivian worked in the alterations department for Schell and Ward for over 20 years. She also served as a dormitory mother for Lincoln University for 15 years. Recently the Lincoln University Foundation honored her for the many years of service she gave to the University and the students. She was the oldest living member of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church where she had been a member for over 80 years. During this time she served her church as a trustee, church treasurer, and missionary president. On March 4, 2011, she was honored as a Valiant Woman by the Church Women United Group. She was a charter member of Tony Jenkins Unit 231 American Legion Auxiliary serving as treasurer for over 35 years. On June 26, 2010, she was presented the 70 Years Service Award by the Auxiliary. Left to mourn her memories include four siblings, Richard (Sallie) Simmons, St. Louis; Jasper Simmons, Bloomington, Ill.; Mary Louise (James) Bailey, Alton, Ill.; Martha Ann Green, Los Angeles, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jemenia Lansdowne. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, October 24, 2011, at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Cassandra Gould officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson City National Cemetery. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at

Services Location

Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home JC
  • 3210 North Ten Mile Drive Jefferson City, Mo 65109
  • 573-893-5251
  • Fax 573-893-4409
  • Visit website

Obituary Condolences

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

News Tribune - Obituary Condolences