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Vivian Kathleen Carpine


December 14, 2017

Vivian Kathleen Carpine

With family by her side, Vivian Kathleen Carpine (Grimmett), 87, passed away in Spokane on Dec. 2, 2017.

Vivian was born in Raymond, Wash. on Jan. 28, 1930 to Felix and Mayna Grimmett. Her early life was spent in Doty, Wash. She graduated from Cheney High School in 1949 and later attended Eastern Washington State College, where she met her future husband, Antonio Dell Carpine. Vivian and Tony married on Aug. 9, 1950, at Nazarene Parsonage in Cheney.

Along with raising four children, Vivian worked various jobs throughout her life. She loved books, and enjoyed working at the Eastern Washington University Library for 15 years before retiring in 1995.

Vivian's favorite pastimes included growing flowers and vegetables in her garden, baking treats, playing Bingo and card games at home with family. She was a member of Diakonia Club and a supporter of EWU Athletics Booster Club.

Vivian is survived by her children Glenda Ates, Gary Carpine (Jodie), Michael Carpine (Joyce) and Janice Fitzgerald (Leo); grandchildren Lisa Treppiedi (John), Christie Cogley (Ryan) and Theresa Tanner (Cole); four great-grandchildren; brothers Gary and Kenny Grimmett and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Tony; parents Felix and Mayna Grimmett; sisters Trena McNeill and Bonnie Balam; brother Clarence "Bobby" Grimmett and son-in-law John Ates.

The family wishes to share a special thanks to the staff at St. Joseph's Care Center, Brookdale South Hill and Horizon Hospice for their dedicated care of Vivian. A celebration of Vivian's life with family and friends will be held on Jan.13, 2018, at 1p.m. at the American Legion in Cheney.

The family requests that donations be made in Vivian's name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of breast cancer awareness and research.


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