Vivette Wilks, 88, Member of New Beginnings Community Church in Darien

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Vivette Veronica Hyacinth (Hanchard) Wilks was peacefully called home surrounded by her family on March 14.

Vivette Wilks, 88, passed away on March 14. Visiting hours and her funeral will be on March 31.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1930 to her beloved parents, the late Adrian and Alberta Hanchard of Leinster, St. Mary, Jamaica.

Adored by everyone who knew her, Mrs. Wilks was educated in St. Mary, Jamaica and spent many years as a renowned seamstress until she relocated to the United States in 1975 and changed careers entering into the field of nursing/care giving.

She was fondly known to many as Mommy, Grandma, Ninja, Aunt V, Mother Wilks or friend. She left an indelible mark on anyone she encountered. A beacon of strength, always known to give a listening ear and impart words of wisdom, without any trace of judgment.


an obituary from Leo P. Gallagher & Sons Funeral Home


She was a member of New Beginnings Community Church in Darien and a devout Christian, who believed in the principles of the Bible. She would never miss the opportunity to spread God’s word and remind us that “with all things, God is able!”

Mrs. Wilks is survived by her two daughters, Yvette and Karen, grandchildren; Nardia, Diana, Rasheed, Deirdre and Adrian, her great grandchildren; Jordan and Justin, in-laws, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, beloved friends and acquaintances.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Leopold Wilks, her two sons; Trevor and Howard, and her siblings; Vera, Joyce, Mildred, Keith, Newton, and Fay.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” — John 14: 1-2

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, March 31, 2018, followed by the service of celebration at 12 noon at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford. Interment will follow at the Long Ridge Union Cemetery.

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