Vivian Chandler-Cole was born to the late Era Chandler of Atlanta, GA in August 19, 1942. While growing up in Atlanta, she attended elementary and high school. In August of 1957, Vivian moved to Indianapolis with her daughter, Cynthia Chandler, where she continued her education. After arriving in Indianapolis, she worked various jobs including Excelsior Laundry, Methodist Hospital. In 1972, Vivian began to work for General Motors for 30 years and retired in 2002. Prior to Vivian’s retirement, she met and married, James Cole, in 1992. James Cole preceded her in death in March 2010. The two of them enjoyed traveling and family, most of all, family picnics at their home.
Vivian was lovingly called “Viv” and was a music lover of groups, such as the 4-tops, Al Green, BB King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, William Brothers, Shirley Cesar, Lee Williams, and Dorothy Norwood. Vivian’s favorite dance was the twist and the booty-scoot. Vivian will always be fondly remembered, especially for her love of camping and making pound cakes.
Vivian leaves to cherish upon her departure on May 4, 2023, at age 80, one daughter, Cynthia Evans Coffee (Anthony Coffee); 3 grandchildren, Tullie Evans Jr. (Courtney White), Christopher Evans (Jessica Ludlow), Corey Evans (Nick Fickle), Tamia Coffee; 12 great-grandchildren, Shamera, Lindsay, April, Rodney, Corben, Rylan, Eva, Amiyah, Gabriel, Khaia, (extended family Jordan and Malaya); siblings, Annie Johnson, George Chandler, Verna Eason, and Larry Chandler; and nieces and nephews, Cynthia, Darwin, Layna, Tony and Nikki.
She is preceded in death by her two sisters, Marian Crosby and Sharon Chester.