Vivian Irene Carroll-Steven was born June 11, 1923, in Dallas, S.D., the daughter of Timothy and Alice (McElroy) Moffitt. She grew up in Gregory, S.D., the seventh of 14 children. After graduating from high school, Vivian received her teaching certificate and taught school for two years in rural South Dakota.
After her marriage to Alvin W. "Pat" Carroll on Jan. 12, 1946, in Gregory, S.D., Vivian became a military wife. Vivian made a home for her family in occupied Japan, Germany, France and many locations in the states during Pat’s military and U.S. Civil Service career. She was ready to move when orders were received and made sure everything was organized. She made a loving home wherever they lived. They retired in Rapid City, S.D.
Vivian became a widow in 1991 and moved to Iowa. On Nov. 22, 2002, she married Raymond Steven in St. Benedict. They enjoyed their time together dancing, traveling and having companionship.
Vivian was an accomplished seamstress, sewing all types of clothing, including her daughters’ wedding gowns and baptismal gowns for her grandchildren. She enjoyed cross-stitch and embroidering tea towels. Vivian was an avid reader, liked to listen to music and shop.
Vivian passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019.
Vivian is survived by two daughters, Marlene (Bob) Albers of College Station, Texas, and Patricia (Bob) Casey of Lu Verne; grandchildren John (Alisa), Jackie, Jenny (Chad), Greg (Sarah), Brian (Nicole) and Sara; great-grandchildren Abi (Zach), Zak, Nate, Benjamin, Tommy, Bobby, Maddie, Patrick, Sadie, Isabel, Alaina, Alice, Collin, Drew, Eli, Kaylee and Blake. Vivian is also survived by a stepson, Raymond Steven Jr., of Coon Rapids, Minn., and a sister, Zeta Graham of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and many nieces and nephews.
Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, A.W. "Pat" Carroll and Raymond Steven; siblings, Mary, Agnes, Margaret, Bertha, Dorothy, Floyd, Rita, Theresa, Alice, Robert, Larry and LeRoy; great-grandsons Elijah and Jerimiah Albers; and granddaughter-in-law Anna Casey
A memorial mass will be held in June with burial in the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, S.D.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Bishop Garrigan Schools. The Lentz Funeral Home and Crematory in Algona is serving the family.