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Vivian Kniffin

Feb. 6, 1924-Dec. 4, 2013

December 6, 2013
Minot Daily News

Vivian Kniffin, 89, lifelong Minot resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in her home with her family at her side.

Vivian Violet Klimpel was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Minot, to Ernest and Violet (Lewis) Klimpel. She was reared and educated in Minot, graduated from Minot High School in 1942, attended Minot State Teachers College and graduated from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Minot as a registered nurse. She served in the Cadet Nurse Corps from 1942 until 1945.

Vivian married Clayton Kniffin on June 30, 1945, in Minot. They made their home in Minot, where she was employed at St. Joseph's Hospital for 40 years until she retired in 1985. Clayton died March 21, 1990. She was extremely proud of the fact that she had lived on the same block (12th Street and 7th Avenue Northeast), for her entire life.

Vivian was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and its LWML and a Bible study group. She especially enjoyed crocheting, sewing, embroidery, traveling and spending time with her family.

Vivian is survived by: her children, Arlice Benham, Minot; Janice (Randall) Smith, Minot, Alan (Judy) Kniffin, Vancouver, Wash.; JoEllen Huber, Mesa Ariz.; Craig (Nancy) Kniffin, Damascus, Ore.; Nancy (John) Holden, Disputana, Va.; Margaret (Ken) Curtis, Rainier, Ore.; Jeff (Annette) Kniffin, Minot; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Leona Johnson and Wanda (Paul) Kalamaha, both of Minot, and Betty Keeler, Spokane, Wash.; sister-in-law, Pearl East, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandchildren, Robert and Kennedy; an infant sister; along with brothers, Rueben and Edwin; and sisters, Irene, Gertrude and Agnes; son-in-law, Robert Benham; and grandson-in-law, Randy Hackworth.

Funeral service: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 11 a.m., in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.

Visitation: Today, Dec. 6, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants the family prefers memorials.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (



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