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Apr 2, 2019 10:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Vivian Akin Culver Of Westhampton Dies

Apr 2, 2019 10:40 AM

Vivian Akin Culver of Westhampton died at home on March 28, 2019 She was 96.

Born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, on August 2, 1922, to Vera Gross Akin and Thomas J. Akin, she grew up in Oklahoma during the Depression and was salutatorian of her high school class. She attended Cameron college and during World War II, worked as a telephone operator.

She met her husband, Hallock, then a U.S. Army soldier, in Lawton, Oklahoma, in August 1946. They were married on November 28, 1946, and shortly thereafter began their life in Westhampton. They were married for 69 years before he died. They owned the family business, H. R. Culver Plumbing Company, where she served as secretary. The business was started by her husband’s father and is operated today by her son Dean.

Mrs. Culver was very faithful to the West Methodist Church, serving in many church groups, and was also known as the church historian. She was also active in the Westhampton Beach Historical Society. An avid bridge player, she played weekly for more than 25 years.

Vivian was predeceased by her husband, Hallock Ward Culver; a brother, Thomas; a sister, Virginia; and an infant, Lawrence. She is survived by her beloved children, Daniel (Kathleen), Lauren Barlow (James), Dean (Regina), and Wayne (Jill). Also, thirteen grandchildren, Steven (Marissa), Kerin Beedenbender (Brian), Sean (Brittany), James Barlow (Lisa), Sarah Sinclair (Derik), Julia Barlow, Emily Dawson (William), Lesley Anthony (Joel), Abby Lynch (Chad), Matthew, Robert, Jeffrey and Eric Culver. She leaves a legacy of 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the Westhampton United Methodist Church followed by burial at the Westhampton Cemetery, on Monday April 1, 2019.

Donations in her honor may be made to Westhampton United Methodist Church, Box 173, Westhampton, NY 11977. They may also be made to the Westhampton Beach Historical Society, Box 686, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

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