Vivian Yvonne Karlin, known affectionately by her friends and family as ‘Vonnie’, passed peacefully on October 29, 2022. Lovingly deemed as a firecracker, Vivian was born on July 4, 1936, to Floyd and Irene McCoy in Beaver, OK. Vivian married the love of her life, Louis Dean Karlin, on July 30, 1954. They raised three adoring daughters and loved each other deeply for 41 years.
Her family and friends will gather to celebrate her life at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 2, 2022, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Vivian instilled a love of card games in her family and enjoyed many hours filled with joy, laughter, and giving everyone a run for their money. She also enjoyed playing bingo and watching the Dallas Cowboys play football. She was a lifelong member of the Order of Eastern Star, Palo Duro Lodge #1239. When her girls were young, she was actively involved in the Order of Rainbows. Vivian retired from Nunn Electric in 1986. Afterward, she and Louis moved to Lake Eufala and spent their retirement years enjoying each other’s company and the scenic views. After Louis’ death, she moved back to Amarillo to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren.
Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Irene McCoy; beloved husband, Louis Dean; her brother, Jerry McCoy; her brother, James McCoy, and his wife, Saundra; her sisters, Joyce Noble and Claudine (Dean) Shipley; and a great-granddaughter, Kaley Marie Stewart.
She is survived by and profoundly missed by her three daughters and three sons-in-law, Vivian and Steve Long, Cindy and Andy Mays, and Teresa and Eddie Prock; four grandchildren Chadd (Jamee) Lemaster, Machael (Elijah) Stewart, Lindsey (Matthew) Walker, and Christa Prock; step-grandchildren, Eric (Cherity) Mays, and Tara Berry; a wonderful brother-in-law, Ethan Noble; and eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to Mary, Stacy, Valerie, Pola, Amber, Erica and Ludy for their loving care of Vivian during her time at Mary’s Place, as well as BJ, Jacqulyn, Martha and Julie with High Plains Senior Care.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to Mary’s Place, MCS Private Care Home, 4807 S Rusk, Amarillo, TX 79110.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.
12 Replies to “Vivian Yvonne Karlin”
Our sincere condolences to Vivian’s daughters on their great loss. We were so saddened to hear about her passing and we pray for comfort for the family. We appreciate all that the daughter’s did to make Faye and her family feel comfortable at Mary’s Place.
Oh Vivian, Treasa and Cindy, I did not know.. I am so very sorry!, Wish, I had known would have been at receiving guest to love on all of you. I loved her and all your family. Was she I’ll for long time? I know nothing, talked to her once longtime after she moved here. My love to each of you.❤️❤️❤️
Dear Aunt Vonnie,
I’m so sorry I haven’t done a better job of keeping in touch with you but I really enjoyed visiting with you this summer. There are some things I would like to say that I should have said a long time ago. I love you. You stepped up and was there for me when my own mother didn’t. You hardly knew me. When Larry and I were getting married your jumped in and gave us the sweetest little wedding. You always loved me and I knew it. You and Uncle Dink were a great example of forever love. I loved how you shared the same recliner. If there are recliners in heaven I’m certain that is happening now. I love you 💕 you tons.
She was such a beautiful person. Always smiling and so kind. I loved her fashion and will miss her wit. God gained a good one. Many prayers for your family. Luke 23:43
I’m so sorry for your loss! Sending healing prayers up for each of you.
Kristi Keeler Breshears
I miss playing games with Aunt Vonnie and watching TV, she use to like watching the Cowboys until all the political stuff with being on one knee… She and mom had a lot of fun together, they enjoyed traveling together and I got to do a few trips with them. Recently she told me I could stay at her house because I had volleyball games over nearby. I just told her I had thought about that. I loved how when I would tell her I loved her before I left she would say, “I love you most.” When I came over Friday I told her before I left, “I will see you later” because I thought it might be the last time this side of Heaven! I know we will see her again!!❤️ Cappie
Sorry for the lose of your loved one. I’m sure she is dancing on the streets of gold with her beloved husband. May prayers of strength confort you during this time.
Alvin and I are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember her great gift of hospitality!
We enjoyed many beautiful meals in her home.
We pray you ALL will be filled with great memories of times spent with her.
Brenda and Alvin
She was such a dear, sweet lady. Always a joy to be with!
May God share his peace with your families.
My precious Aunt Vonnie you were the perfect Aunt in every way. You brought joy and laughter to everyone. You were there in the saddest and happiest times of our lives. Your loving heart and kindness will be remembered. My heart and prayers are with the girls and their families.
Vivian was a beautiful lady that loved her family dearly. I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s grace be with you.
Yvonne was the sweetest person I’ve ever known. I’m so happy she’s dancing in heaven and smiling back at us now 🥰🙏🕊
Perfect picture of her. Love to all the family 🥰❤️🌹