Vivian was born to Ben and Ada McCain-Barnes on October 3, 1932. Her family consisted of eight brothers and sisters: Mildred, Marshall, Clarence, Edward, Willie, Ruby, Esterlene, and Clayton.
Vivian grew up on a farm just outside of the town of Lancaster, South Carolina. She attended Lancaster High School. Vivian was named Home Coming Queen in her senior year.
Vivian later met her husband, William of sixty years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had four children: Danny, Kenneth, Kathryn, and Mark. Danny passed away at 8 years of age..
Vivian was a military spouse for 22 years and traveled with her family to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, McGuire AFB, New Jersey, McChord AFB, Tacoma, Washington, Tripoli, Libya and Rhein Main AB, Germany. Vivian enjoyed her stay in Germany where she loved to work with the local youth group at Rhein Main. The youth group attended concerts to see Ray Charles, Elton John, and others. She received an award for her hard work and dedication from the base commander, General Thomas Sadler. From Germany Vivian, William and family traveled to Travis AFB, California, where William then retired from the Air Force.
Vivian enjoyed sewing, shopping, and keeping a clean house, but she really loved the Motown sound. Vivian and family returned to Tacoma where they bought their first house in University Place. There she worked in the family construction business. Here in Tacoma Vivian developed many deep and life-long friendships.
Vivian was preceded in death by both of her parents; her son, Danny; her siblings, Mildred, Marshall, Clarence, Edward, Willie, and Ruby. Vivian is survived by her devoted husband, William; brother, Clayton; sister, Esterlene; children, Ken, Kathy, and Mark; and grandchildren, Jonathan, Juwan, Lance, Aliesha, and Brian.