Vivian L. (Bell) Austin was born May 18, 1921, in McCook, Neb., to Percy Bell and Edith Maud Messner. She passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Herscher.

Vivian L. (Bell) Austin was born May 18, 1921, in McCook, Neb., to Percy Bell and Edith Maud Messner. She passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Herscher.

She is survived by daughters, MaryAnn Jackson Loehr, Debi Vine, and Kathy Kelly, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack K. Austin, and her 12 brothers and sisters.

After high school, Vivian moved to Denver, Colo. and worked at Russell Stover Candies for several years. She could look at a chocolate covered candy and easily tell what was inside by the chocolate design on the top. Later, she found a position at First National Bank of Denver, eventually working in the stock transfer department.

Vivian, Jack and the girls moved to Sheridan, Wyo., in 1969 where Jack served as vice president at the Bank of Commerce. After their daughters graduated, Jack and Vivian moved

to Casper, Wyo., and then to Geneseo where Jack was vice president of the trust department at Central Bank.

They retired in Geneseo and enjoyed several years of volunteer activities, entertaining friends and traveling all over the United States and Europe. After Jack’s death in 1998, Vivian eventually moved to be closer to Debi and her family in Illinois.

Vivian was an elegant hostess, gourmet cook and steadfast hospital volunteer. She loved to travel, to laugh, to sew and to dance. She was unfailingly kind and patient, especially with little kids. We will miss her always.

Donations in her name may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the charity of your choice.