Vivian L. Mansfield, 74, died peacefully with her family at her side March 28, 2010, at the Knox Center for Long Term Care.

Born Feb. 14, 1936, in Thomaston, she was one of 16 children born to Ernest and Bertha Winslow Robinson. Vivian attended Thomaston schools.

On May 2, 1953, Vivian married Charles E. Mansfield. Together they made their home and raised their family in Warren.

For many years, Vivian was employed at Forty Fathoms and later at National Sea Products. She worked as a processor there until the plant’s closing. She then began as a housekeeper at Fieldcrest Manor, and, for more than 13 years, worked at Shore Village Nursing Home in Rockland, retiring in 2007. Vivian’s family remembered her as a hard worker. They said she never stopped from the time she got up at 5 a.m. until she went to bed at 9 p.m.

For many years she made Christmas wreaths that she sold, only after making sure each family member received one. Until recently, Vivian looked forward to visiting each of her family members to see their Christmas trees every Christmas season. Holidays with family, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving, were important to her. She took great joy in preparing her children’s favorite foods, and baking bread and biscuits for them. She also loved family cookouts each year.

In her earlier years, Vivian found pleasure in dancing. Together with her husband, she enjoyed square dancing every Saturday night. Her family said she even enjoyed dancing at the Knox Center until recently when she became ill.

Vivian also enjoyed shopping, as well as having her hair done each week at “Juanita’s” in Warren. She had a special place in her heart for her four-legged companions, a Dalmatian named Jake and a Boston Terrier named Minnie, who she loved to take for a walk. Her dog Minnie, who died three weeks ago, will be buried with Vivian.

Other than her husband, Charles E. Sr., who died in 1998, Vivian was predeceased by two sisters, Katherine Schwab and Debbie Brochu.

She is survived by her daughters, Joy Struk and her husband, John, of Warren, Patty Buzzel and her husband, Leon, of Belmont, Charlene Wadsworth and her husband, Parker, of Rockland and Peggy Martin and her husband, Randy, of Cushing; her sons, Charles Mansfield Jr. and his wife, Tammie, of Warren and Scott Mansfield and his wife, Darla, of Rockport; her siblings, Patty Stone, Lista Colson, Darlene Miller, Carrie Nelson, Janice Cotton, Ernest Robinson, Percy Robinson, Billy Robinson, Richard Robinson, Doug Robinson, Amoe Robinson, Randy Robinson and Walter Robinson; 11 grandchildren, Teresa, Tiffany, Bobbi Jean, Robert, Christopher, Misty, Nicholas, Stephen, Shelby, Heather and Amber; 11 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A graveside celebration of her life will be held Friday, April 2 at 11 a.m. at Cushing Cemetery on North Pond Road in Warren. The Rev. Wayne Sawyer will officiate. A reception for family and friends will follow the service, at the home of Charles Mansfield Jr., 208 Old Augusta Road in Warren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to assist the family with final expenses, c/o Joy Struk, P.O. Box 51, Warren, ME 04864.

To sign Vivian’s online guest book, visit Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland.