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Vivian Dawson

March 31, 1926 September 9, 2019
Vivian Dawson
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Obituary for Vivian Dawson

Beloved mother, aunt Vivian Frances Caesar Dawson passed away on September 9, 2019 after a brief illness.
Having survived a stroke in 2017, she lived in relatively good health until her passing. Prior to the stroke, she lived
an active, independent lifestyle.
Vivian was born in East Orange, NJ to Dorothy and Joseph Caesar. Along with her sister Barbara, Vivian attended
and graduated from the East Orange school system. She did well in school academically and made many friendships
that lasted into her adult life. She enjoyed sports and social activities. Along with her sister, she was a member of
the Twilight Debs social club.
It was through her interest in basketball that Vivian met her husband Robert Dawson, who played on local area and
college basketball teams. They later welcomed a daughter Donna.
Except for a brief job following high school, Vivian was employed by NJ Bell Telephone for her entire working
career. She was one of the first female African American management employees in the Network Traffic Engineering
organization, where she managed the group responsible for supplying call rate and routing information. Vivian
enjoyed a close working and social relationship with her co-workers. They frequently went to plays and dinners in
New York City. Vivian loved musicals and saw “Purlie,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “The Wiz,” several times. Vivian
also bowled for many years in the NJ Bell bowling leagues. She retired from NJ Bell after 33 years of service.
Vivian enjoyed traveling a great deal. She and her friend Dorcus Rogers planned a number of group trips throughout
the US by train and bus. With her family, Vivian took cruises to Bermuda and several Caribbean islands. Vivian
also enjoyed vacationing in Atlantic City; first with her parents as a child and later as an adult with her family. She
also liked to gamble and would accompany a senior citizen group on their monthly casino Excursions.
Vivian also liked movies. Often she would chauffeur her uncle Bobby Smith and cousin Marie Langston to
matinees, where they would enjoy lunch and a movie. If there were a movie she really liked, she would go see it
many times at various theaters.
She loved watching sports, particularly college and professional basketball and football. And Vivian was an avid
Yankee fan. Recently, she even started following golf on tv.
Vivian had a soft spot in her heart for most animals. She particularly loved dogs and cats and shared her home with
a number of them over the years. One of her neighbor’s cats “adopted” Vivian, returning even though she took him
home many times. Finally, the neighbor let her keep Gallagher. Through the years, Vivian also doted on her
daughter and son-in-law’s pets, making sure they always had plenty of toys.
Vivian was an intelligent, independent woman, who was extremely devoted to her family. She greatly enjoyed
family gatherings; looking forward to planning and celebrating birthdays and holidays. Vivian donated to many
charities and on numerous occasions would help friends or relatives without a request or any return expectations.
Her decisive, organized nature drew others to her for advice and initiative. She will be greatly missed by her family,
friends and all who knew her.
Vivian was the beloved wife of Robert (“Bob”) Dawson (deceased); devoted mother of Donna Dawson-Luckey and
her husband Kennard (“Ken”) Luckey; beloved sister of Barbara C. Phipps (deceased); loving aunt of Loren Phipps
Cadwell; loving cousin of Dennis Smith and his wife Mary Jane Linnehan Smith, and doting companion of Luc the
cat. She is also survived by a host of other loving relatives and dear friends.


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Visitation

Tuesday

17

Sep

10:00 AM 9/17/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
Woody ''Home for Services''

163 Oakwood Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050

Woody ''Home for Services''
163 Oakwood Avenue Orange 07050 NJ
United States

Service

Tuesday

17

Sep

11:00 AM 9/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
Woody ''Home for Services''

163 Oakwood Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050

Woody ''Home for Services''
163 Oakwood Avenue Orange 07050 NJ
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Fairmount Cemetery Final Resting Place

620 Central Avenue
Newark, NJ 07107

620 Central Avenue Newark 07107 NJ
United States
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