Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vivian Marie Shields

Wellsville, NY - Vivian Marie Shields, age 53, of the Wightman Road passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born in Wellsville on September 25, 1964 to Francis W. and Marge Guston Shields.

Vivian was a long time resident of Wellsville who had graduated from Portville Central High School in 1983. She had worked for the former Hills Department Store in Olean and then for the former Ames Department Store. She became a nurse’s aide and began working at Olean General Hospital then at Cuba Memorial Hospital and later for Highland Park Health Care Center in Wellsville. Vivian later returned to retail sales and worked for the Dollar General in Wellsville. She enjoyed dancing, roller skating, sewing, and crocheting. She had been a member of the Portville Fireman’s Auxiliary and had attended the Faith Bible Church. Vivian always said that her greatest accomplishment in life was her son, Andy.

Survivors include her son, Andy Barrett of Wellsville; her father, Francis W. “Baine” Shields of Portville; 3 brothers, Barry (Becky) Shields of Allegany, Ken (Laura) Shields of Alma, and Carey (Vickie) Shields of Obi; a sister, Bonnie (Mark) Lyman of Cuba; several nieces, nephews, and cousins including Sylvia LaChance who became a close friend and care giver.

She was predeceased by her mother, Marge Shields.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. The Funeral service will take place at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 pm with Pastor David Cook of the Obi Community Church presiding. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery of Portville and memorials in Vivian’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House at 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY. 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. My sympathies and prayers to Vivian's family.
    - Cathy Steiner Landfried, PCS Class of 83

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Vivian's passing. She was such a caring loving person who I always thought dearly of. I have all of the family in my thoughts, most of all Andy.