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Vivian Esther Lenethen

LENETHEN, Vivian Esther (Zwicker), 100, of Greenfield, Queens County, NS died suddenly on November 28, 2023 at Queens General Hospital in Liverpool after a short illness.
Born in Greenfield on January 25, 1923 she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Amelia (Ramey) Zwicker.
She spent most of her life in Greenfield and was active in the church and the community from her early years. During World War II she worked at HM Dockyard Halifax and HMCS Shelburne. Vivian enjoyed her time in both places and made friends who she was still in touch with at the time of her death. In 1946 she married Percy Owen Lenethen, who had returned from 3 years in the Canadian Army overseas. They built a house across from her parents and raised their four children there and where Vivian still lived at the time of her death. She was fortunate to be able to live on her own in her home until well after her 100th birthday with the ongoing support from her family, her neighbours and the community. 
After she and Percy settled in Greenfield, Vivian once again became active with the Greenfield United Baptist Church and held many positions over the years including Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Church Clerk and for many years the Church Historian. Along with her husband, Vivian was the Treasurer of the Greenfield United Baptist Church Cemetery and Pine Rest Cemetery for many years. She enjoyed attending the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada convention at Acadia and Crandall University, as well she supported the Acadia Divinity College and Crandall University. She was a lifetime member of the Women’s Missionary Society and through that began supporting missions at home and abroad. She had a heart for Missions and was a supporter of Canadian Baptist Ministries. She was also a lifetime member of the Greenfield Women’s Sewing Circle who celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2019. Vivian was very community minded and she was always willing to help in any way she could. Vivian  was interested in history and genealogy and assisted with the Zwicker Genealogy published in 2004. In more recent years she enjoyed answering questions from historians and writers who had photos or questions about Greenfield and the people she knew over her lifetime. Vivian’s family were very special to her and she loved having her children and grandchildren around, baking and cooking for them and with them. She enjoyed keeping in touch with friends and hearing from them. When her children were young the family camped in Maine and all of the Atlantic Provinces, later she and Percy travelled to Newfoundland, across Canada and to England and Holland.
She is survived by her children, Leroy (Pat) and their children, Echo and Ryan (Keary); Phyllis -Anne (John) Latka and their son Josh; Valerie (Carson) Smith, and Ian (Jo-Anne) and their children, Nathan (Kelsie), Savannah (Steve Evasuk), and Jacob (Mila); sister-in-law, Ruby Leslie, as well as several nieces and nephews who she kept in close contact.
She was predeceased by her husband Percy, twin daughters Maxine and Maureen, brothers, Mervin (who died in infancy), Lester and his wife Winnifred and Russell and his wife Loraine.
Visitation will be Monday, December 4th from 1pm to 3 pm. in Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool, NS. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 5th at 1:00 p.m. in Greenfield United Baptist Church. Reverend Janet Baker officiating. Reception to follow. Private family internment will be in Pine Rest Cemetery immediately following the service. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the Greenfield United Baptist Church, the Greenfield United Baptist Church Cemetery, Pine Rest Cemetery or the Greenfield and District Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made to


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