Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vivian May Medlin Rauch, 92, passed away in her home Monday, June 27, 2011.

She was born April 3, 1919, in Monett, Mo., to O.C. and Sarah Elizabeth Allcock Medlin. She graduated from Monett High School with the class of 1937. In January of 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, Warren C. "Pete" Rauch and he preceded her in death in October 1983.

During high school, she worked at the Gillioz movie theater. She later attended beauty college in Springfield and then worked at the NuArt Beauty Salon in Monett. Pete and Vivian lived in Tulsa, Okla., from 1942 until 1953. While Pete served in the Army during World War II, she worked in the Douglas bomber plant in the tooling control division. After the war, she took dancing classes and started a dancing school in Tulsa, Okla. In 1949, their son, Peter, was born in Tulsa. In 1953, they moved back to Monett, and she taught dancing classes in Monett, Aurora and Wheaton. She went to work at the Monett Times in 1960, retiring in 1979 as advertising director.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister, Hazel Medlin Wallner, and niece, Francine Wallner-Smith.

She is survived by: her son, Pete and his wife, Betty, of Monett; her granddaughter, Amy and husband, Chris Davis, of Columbia, Md.; and her grandson, Jason, of Washington, D.C. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. During the past year she was blessed by the special friendship of Connie Curbow, Pam Faith, Glenna Lasater, and Donna Grainger, who were her companions and devoted care givers and helpers.

Visitation will be held at Buchannan Funeral Home in Monett from 6 to 8 Thursday evening, June 30. A family celebration of her life will be held at a later date, when they will scatter her ashes at her favorite places.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

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