Vivian A. Watt, 95, of Buhl, went to be with the Lord while sleeping Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Woodland Retirement Home in Buhl, Idaho.
Vivian was born in Buhl at the infirmary/hospital operated by Dr. McClusky on November 4, 1917. She was the daughter of Dr. Willis F. Swiger and Mary A. (Filkins) Swiger. She lived on Ritter Island until the second grade where her father was the veterinarian and herdsman for the Minnie Miller dairy. She attended a one-room schoolhouse at the top of the grade. She moved to Buhl and graduated from Buhl High School as salutatorian of her class. She worked for the Buhl Herald for four years before attending the University of Idaho for one year. She married William Watt on November of 1939 and moved to the farm east of Buhl. They were married for 65 years.
Vivian and Bill spent many seasons traveling and RVing throughout the U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada. She enjoyed her winters in Quartzite, Arizona. She enjoyed painting landscapes and still life. One of her favorite memories was the spring cattle drive to the ranch in Nevada as camp cook and calf drag pick up girl.
She was an active member of the Buhl Methodist Church for 75 years. She participated in choir, the Women's Society, the administrative board and other committees. She and Bill were youth group leaders for many years. She was very active in the local community as a member of P.E.O., The Grande Matron of Eastern Star, Highway Kensington, Mentor Club, Twin Falls Music Club, Job's daughters, Dilettantes and Antique Festival Theater. She also wrote and directed the 50 year Buhl pageant. Much of her life was devoted to music. She taught voice for many years and her clear soprano voice blessed the valley at funerals, weddings and community events.
She is survived by her three sons, Robert Linn (Elma Glenn) Watt of Buhl, James Russel (Carole) Watt of Baker City, Oregon, and John William Watt of Mililani, Hawaii; ten grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a number of special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, William F. (Mary) Swiger.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am, Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Buhl United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Buhl West End Cemetery. A viewing will be held between 5 - 7pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Farmer Funeral Chapel in Buhl, Idaho.