August 31, 2017
WAPELLO, Iowa —You were always here for me
And you loved me ‘til the end,
So with all my heart and soul I say,
“I love you Mom, My Forever Best Friend.”
Vivian G. Tillmann peacefully left this earth on August 31, 2017. Per her wishes, cremation has been facilitated. A celebration of life service will be held at Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 1:30 P.M., followed by dessert and coffee at the funeral home.
Vivian was born July 7, 1918, in Toolesboro, Iowa, to William and Ella Matthews Sillick.
She graduated from Wapello High School in 1936, and worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in Wapello. She married LeRoy J. Tillmann March 17, 1946. He preceded her in death October 17, 1977.
Vivian enjoyed traveling, attending elder hostels, spending winters in Tucson, and visiting family in Texas.
She was an avid reader, outdoor enthusiast, and regular exerciser. She walked, biked, worked out at Curves, and did all her own yard work well into her late eighties. She continued to swim daily in the summers into her mid-nineties.
Some of her favorite things included the color yellow, sunsets, butterflies, rainbows, birds, and friends and family. She was known for her excellent cooking, especially her pies.
Her special gift was always putting the other person first and making them feel good. The needs of her family always came before hers. She never met a stranger, and always showed an abundance of grace, humor, and empathy in all she did.
Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Linda and husband Jerry Page of Muscatine; one grandson, Brian and wife Sarah of Round Rock, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jackson Page, and Savannah Guerra, all of Texas; two sisters-in-law, Barb Tillmann of Wapello, and Fran Tillmann of Burlington; several nieces and nephews, and special caretakers Helen Truitt, Flo Verrips, Elaine Johnson, and Beth Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister, two brothers-in-law, three nephews, her husband Roy, infant daughter, and an adult granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Wapello Specialty Care.
Condolences may be given and viewed at www.dudgeonmcculley.com.