"And together we will flow into the mystic" Van Morrison, Into the mystic
Vivian was born in Perth Amboy, NJ on January 17, 1963 to Melvin and Pat Raison. When she was a young child, her parents moved with their six children to the state of Florida, eventually landing in Ft Lauderdale.
Vivian met Robert M Bagwell Sr in 1981. They were married on December 24th of that same year in Loxahatchee, FL. Together they had three children: Kristy, Robbie, and Patricia (deceased).
She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, bowling, reading, listening to music, fishing, writing, making jokes, playing board games, and talking on the phone with family and friends, who lived long distance. She loved talking to everyone that she met, no matter where she met them, because she never met a stranger. She taught her children what unconditional was, how to be open minded, how to be kind, how to care for others, how to always give, even if you don't have it to give, and how to listen with the intent to understand others instead of listening with the intent to reply and judge. Vivian enjoyed a good laugh and always said, " Laugh at yourself, because others were going to do it anyway." She was always up for an adventure, whether it be going on a simple walk, being chased by geese out of a prime fishing spot or taking a wrong turn and driving down a one way street into oncoming traffic. She absolutely loved the holiday season, her favorite parts were being able to spend time with friends and family. That is what always mattered to her the most, spending time with the people that she loved. She put others first, no matter how bad her day was, she always took the time to check on others. Another special thing in her life was her animals and love for them. She loved caring for, cuddling and playing with Ivy, Spock, Daffy, Bert and Max.
Vivian is survived by her husband Robert M Bagwell Sr; children Kristy L Bagwell, Robert M Bagwell Jr, and Deoshia McAbee-Puckett; mother in law, Patricia Bagwell; two sisters, Penny Bryant ( Walter), and Patsy Cheatham (Tom); one brother, Eldon Raison ( Debbie); sister in laws Karen Raison, and Donna Reynolds (Jeff); best friends/sisters, Michele Hood Rhodes and Linda Parsons; nieces Karyn Heath, Leah Crisp (Chad), Beth Paul (Matt), Georgia Bryant, Lydia Johnson (Brent), Shannon Reynolds Linkous; nephews James Raison (Malori), Mike Reynolds (Kayla), and Steve Reynolds (Laura); several great nieces and nephews, Lake, Honey, Heath, Hagen, Alex, Anna, Hailey, Alexa, Mathew, Daken, Zeke, Ruth, and Elijah.
Other family members or special people in her life were, Kathy Strickland, Kara J., Savannah Shaw, Deja Puckett, D Puckett, Gail Valdivia, SSG Steven Gonzalez, Ashley Valdivia, Debra Gilbert, Kalayla Gilbert, Earline Walker, Tracy Pitts, Akissi B., Debra P., Tammie S., and Gabrielle T.
She was preceded in death by her father Melvin D Raison; her mother, Patricia A Raison; her daughter, Patricia M Bagwell; and brother Dennis Raison.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV