Vivian V. Fanning, age 96, of Dean Street, a retired music teacher, an award winning professional pianist and organist, died June 12, 2012 at Elmhurst Extended Care in Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Dwight B. Fanning. Born in Providence, the daughter of the late Carl F. and Anna (Johnson) Carlson.
She composed the music for the Cranston High School (East) school song while a student, was the owner and operator of the former North Scituate Kindergarten and taught at Providence's Lincoln School and toured Europe with the Lambrequins, the school's prestigious vocal group. She was a member of the former Meshanticut Park Community Baptist Church where she served as music director and organist and most recently was a member of the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church where she was a leader in their music program - a source of much joy to the congregants. She was a member of the Cranston Senior Center and, for over 70 years, a member of the Chopin Club at the Mary K. Hail Music Mansion in Providence.
Although she often said that music was the center of her life, her life was much more than that - mother, teacher, friend, performer, and confidant. But music played an essential role in her life because it gave great meaning and sense of purpose, especially after the loss of her husband a young son, and it allowed her to make friends and remain productively active through the years. She was performing and teaching up to the last few weeks before her passing. Her outlook was unfailingly positive and she constantly gave thanks for the blessings that life had given her. Her love for music and people was infectious and she was
an inspiration to all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah G. Fanning-Andrews and her husband Robert of Salem, WV, and brother, Fredric N. Carlson of Warner, NH. She was the mother of the late Douglas B. Fanning and the sister of the late Raymond C. C. Carlson.
Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service on June 30, 2012 at 11 AM at the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, 229 Wilbur Avenue, Cranston. Inurnment in the Cypress Columbarium at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in honor of Vivian, to the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church.