Vivian A. ‘Viv’ Metcalf

Vivian A. “Viv” Metcalf, 79, of Parsons passed away at 4:17 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at her home. 

Vivian Arlene Sloan was born on April 12, 1941, to Raymond Carter and Grace Evelyn (Hill) Sloan in Attica. When Viv was 4 months old, her mother passed away and she was then raised by her paternal grandparents, James Austen and Nora Ellen Sloan, in Iola. In 1959, Viv graduated from Iola High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas State University and later a master’s degree in community college administration from Pittsburg State University.

In 1979, Viv began working at Labette Community College as an instructor. From 1985 until her retirement in 2000, she was the director of the LCC Learning Center. Viv excelled in her profession. In the 1980s, she was named Educator of the Year and in 1990 she was named Director of the Year from the Kansas Department of Education.

She was a member of Assembly of God Church in Parsons in earlier years. She was an active member of Parsons Foursquare Church. Her late husband had also been an active member, and the Ray Metcalf Memorial Chapel was built in the Philippines in his memory.

An avid gardener, Viv especially enjoyed raising irises. Next to her family, she had a great love for her dog, Murphy, the best dog she ever had.

On March 29, 1963, Viv and Raymond Edward Metcalf were united in marriage in Chanute. He preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond Sloan Metcalf and James Austen Metcalf and his wife, Kim, all of Parsons; two daughters, Gina Yanez and her husband, Vince, and Niki Carnahan and her husband, Mike, all of Parsons; seven grandchildren, Stephen Yanez, Austin Yanez, Joel Collins, Bailey Collins, Hayley Metcalf, Tyler Metcalf and Hunter Metcalf; six great-grandchildren, Blaise, Nevaeh, Ryder, S.J., Landyn and Maci; and a sister, Ethel Sparhawk of Beaverton, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond Edward Metcalf; and a grandson, Preston Patton, on Aug. 16, 2015.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons. Friends may sign the register from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.

Memorials are suggested to Proud Animal Lovers Shelter and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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