Vivian Johnson, of Tyler, to celebrate 100th birthday

Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:55 - Written by Staff Reports

A 100th birthday celebration will be held Saturday for Vivian Meador Johnson at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway Ave., the family announced.

Mrs. Johnson was born on April 14, 1914, to Ed and Lizzie Meador of Jacksonville. She is the fifth child of 10 children. Of this family, there are only two siblings remaining, Vivian and her youngest brother, Preston, of Jacksonville.

In the early 1930s, she married E.J. Johnson, of Jacksonville. To this union, four children were born: Ennis, Margie, Wilbert and E.J. Jr.

In the early 1950s, the family moved to Tyler and joined St. James CME Church, according to information from her family.

Vivian’s career includes homemaker, housekeeper and employee at the Carlton Hotel, Medical Center Hospital and Hearthstone Nursing. While late in her life and working full time, she attended the Vocational Nursing School in Athens, where she received her LVN license. She worked at Mother Frances Hospital as an LVN, retiring after 17 years.

Mrs. Johnson said her longevity is mainly due to God’s grace, family members said. She said put God first in all things, treat your fellow man right, treat your body right and keep a deck of dominoes handy and listen frequently to the music of Al Green.