Vivienne Revell – 1941 - 1990.
From the Parish Magazine – May 1990.
1941 - 21st March 1990.
"Vivienne - Vivacious"
The whole neighbourhood from Harleston to Bungay, and particularly Denton and Wortwell, were stunned at the tragic news of the untimely death of Vivienne Revell on March 21st, aged 48 years. Few people give so generously of themselves to a community.
From a very early age, with the encouragement of her parents and the example of her father ever alive in her memory, Vivienne became involved unthinkingly in an almost endless list of activities, while at the same time devoting herself wholeheartedly to her family.
Most of these activates were closely linked to the Church and young people. In the village of Denton her outstanding commitment was to the U.R.C. church where she ran the Sunday School for over thirty years, and was later to become Church Secretary. Nearly all the children in the village attended this Sunday School at some time during their childhood, and they were joined by many other children from surrounding villages over the years. The Sunday School Anniversary Service and the Christmas Nativity Play became highlights of the church calendar. The various stalls which they ran at the Church Fete usually brought an original and often impish idea, fostered by her and husband Dennis who provided technicalities. Dennis was always closely backing her up in all she did. It could well be said that the Sunday School in Denton forged the first link which led to the amalgamation of the two denominations now known as the Ecumenical Project which brought the two churches together in recent years.
When she and Dennis took up residence in Wortwell she became involved in helping with the Youth Club, which she ran for several years as well as being secretary to the Community Centre and a member of the Hall Trust Committee. Her work at the Harleston schools again brought her into contact with young people and she will be sadly missed at both Canon Pickering and Archbishop Sancroft Schools, where she always showed a personal interest in the pupils' welfare. Perhaps most of all, the bubbling sense of humour, her seemingly boundless energy with her caring and loving personality, underlined with a strong Christian faith made her “Vivienne Vivacious”; her memory will live with us for many years.
The inspiring Service of Thanksgiving led by Revd. John Simpson and attended by so many of her relatives and friends, radiated the love and Christian fellowship that meant so much to her and must convey to all the members of the large and closely knit family she has left, the deep sympathy of us all, which we extend, especially to Dennis, Tina and Jason, Lynne, Kim and her mother Mrs. Ethel Hanner.