Mrs. Vivian Strong Tharp, age 94 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Monday, September 5, 2011, at the Western Missouri Medical Center, Warrensburg, Mo. Vivian was born on March 1, 1917, in Everett, Wash., the daughter of Thomas C. and Emma Grieb Strong. She was married on December 23, 1934, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Roy E. Tharp, who preceded her in death on August 4, 1971. A lifelong resident of the Jefferson City area, Vivian was a 1935 graduate of Jefferson City High School. She had been a resident of Warrensburg for the last five years. A homemaker and full time mother, Vivian was employed at Tharp Lumber and Home Center from 1972 until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for 82 years, serving as a Preschool Sunday School Teacher for over 30 years. She also served as a Deaconess, Elder, and on the Board of Trustees. Vivian enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, walking, playing bridge with the girls, playing the piano, and the joy of being with others. Survivors include: two daughters, Donna Sue Tharp Caine of Mexico, Mo. and Judith Tharp Wickham of Warrensburg, Mo.; two sons, Steven E. Tharp and his wife Connie of Overland Park, Kan. and Michael T. Tharp and Vicki Koehly of Overland Park, Kan.; one daughter-in-law, Sandra Tharp of Platte City, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Sue Quinn Strong of Jefferson City, Mo.; one brother-in-law, Jack Gaines of Jefferson City, Mo.; 21 grandchildren and 38 great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Donald Tharp; two brothers, Lloyd "Bud" Strong and James R. Strong; one sister, Bettie Gaines; and one son-in-law, Frederic Wickham. Visitation will be at the First Presbyterian Church from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 8, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 8, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. Robert Erickson and the Reverend Dr. David Henry officiating. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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