Vivian Brown

Vivian Outlaw Brown

Friday, June 25th, 1937 - Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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Vivian Janice Outlaw Brown, 82, passed away in her home March 18, 2020 with her family by her side. Vivian, known as “Monkey” by many, was born in Grandy, NC to the late John Wilton Outlaw and Maudie Perry Outlaw. She was a homemaker who loved her family, gardening, animals, and God dearly. Vivian was a member of Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. She fought a long, hard battle with Alzheimer’s disease for the past ten plus years and did not give up the fight easily, which is not too surprising to those who knew her and her strong-willed nature.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, James Dayton Brown; daughter, Darlene Pinner (Hal); son, Tony Brown (Dottie); four grandchildren, Rave Brown, Kyle Pinner (Rachel), Mark Brown (Somer), Jamie Trower (Nicholas); six great-grandchildren, Kenly, Olivia, Jessie, Ellie, Wyatt, Dayton; two wonderful caretakers who have become like family, Rosa and Dorothy; and numerous other family and friends. Vivian was predeceased by a brother, Calvin Outlaw, and a sister, Addie Evans.

She will be laid to rest in a private family service at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Graham Funeral Home will be caring for arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence or memory for the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or your local SPCA
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    Chesapeake Memorial Gardens
    524 Cedar Road
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
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Joyce A. Webb

Posted at 12:02am
Darlene, I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was one of the kindest, hard working and generous women I have ever met. She was always so kind to me and funny as could be. I know that you will miss her greatly. She and your dad loved me just like their own and always treated me with respect and kindness. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. With all my love, Joyce Webb

Sue Kowalski

Posted at 11:07am
My heart is broken as I write this message. Jim and Vivian were such an integral part of our lives when we lived in Norfolk Highlands. Kimberly considered you both her EXTRA set of grandparents! I fondly remember reupholstering furniture together, making snowmen in the front year, playing with Pansy, and of course the Easter egg hunts each spring. We were fortunate to call you neighbors and friends, and you will never know how much you mean to us. It was so sad for us when you moved; we knew "the corner" would never be the same. She loved fixing up your new home and what an amazing job you two did there. Jim, words can't express my sincere loss at this time, but I know it pales in comparison to what you are feeling. Just know that you are loved, and cherish all those years of beautiful memories. (Sue Kowalski)

Margaret Padilla

Posted at 09:15am
I have such fond memories of times spent with Vivian and Jim when we were neighbors on the next block of Elder Avenue back in the '70s. My husband Albert and I were young parents and Vivian spoiled our kids with attention and she was such a great role model for me. We enjoyed visiting with them and hearing about their motorcycle road trips. Though it's been more than 40 years, I remember her kindness and hospitality with love and send my deepest sympathy to all her family.
Margaret Padilla

June Patterson

Posted at 09:17am
James Dayton and family it is with great sadness that your Monkey (as I knew her) has passed. I have great memories of our double dates long ago. I had been thinking she might have Alzheimer's based on some of you Facebook posts and know it has been a long road as my mother had this terrible disease also. Guess the last time I saw you was at Claude JR's funeral. Although time has passed I do still think of your family often. May she rest in peace now. I let Cindy know as soon as I saw the paper today. If you feel like ever calling me my number is 757 287 7222. I will be making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association and will do it in her honor. God bless your family.

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