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Vivian Clare Moore Littlefield PhD RN FAAN
Vivian Clare Moore Littlefield of Single Tree Lane, Parker, Colorado, unexpectedly left this earthly world on August 22, 2023 after a short illness. She had a full and accomplished life. Vivian touched many with her kind, caring and accepting attitude. She will be remembered by many students, fellow academicians, friends and loving family.
Vivian was born on January 24, 1938 in Lexington, Kentucky to Hester Virginia and Willard Anson Moore. Her maternal grandparents were Lillian Collins and Dr. William Clinton Haydon. Her step grandmother was Grace Pepper Haydon. Her paternal grandparents were Birdie Eudora Vivian and Cecil Moore. At Caldwell County High School, in Princeton, Kentucky, Vivian was Valedictorian, Drum Majorette, and in many activities and clubs. She was an outstanding dance student of Jean Blythe Egbert’s studio.
At Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas, Vivian changed from a major in dance, after a back injury, to nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University. She later received her Masters of Science degree from the University of Colorado and her PhD in Higher Education Administration, and Psychology from the University of Denver. She taught at the University of Colorado, University of Rochester, and established the Nursing program at the University of Kentucky in Hopkinsville. Her last position before retiring was as Dean of the school of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She retired as Dean Emerita after 16 years and was honored with an endowed lectureship, the Littlefield Lecture, which is held every year in the fall and invites nationally known and influential speakers from the field of nursing to Madison. Dr. Littlefield was a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, received the 2013 Florence Nightingale International Medal honoring exceptional nurses, and the Ann Magnussen Award in 2012. She held the role of National Chair of Nursing and also served as Biomedical Services Chairperson. Vivian also served on many boards in health care and professional organizations, the Girl Scouts and in the federal agency of Health and Human Services. After retirement, Dr. Littlefield volunteered with the American Red Cross and served as chair of the Consortium for Primary Care in Wisconsin, while serving for the Red Cross she was awarded for “keeping the flame burning” during the years of 2003-2012. Vivian also served as the President of her church from 2020-2022 and guided the congregation through the many challenges of COVID-19.
Preceded in death by her Husbands Lowell Hokin M.D., Greg Reuter, and her aunt Dixie Vivian McKenzie and her son James McKenzie. Vivian is survived by two children, Darrell Merle Littlefield, Jr. and wife, Sue, of Simla, Colorado, and Virginia Grace Littlefield-Dieterle “Ginni” and husband Jode, of Elizabeth, Colorado and cherished granddaughters Clarissa Raye Dieterle and Lily Elizabeth Meska and fiancée Gaydon Olson. Also survived by Vivian, her committed companion and partner Lawrence Sharp and his children Mary Sharp and husband Tod Motoyama of San Ramon, California, their children Ben and Emma, Sara Sharp and husband Tom Grossman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sara’s children Emanuel and Isaac, Elizabeth Henricks and husband Brett, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and their children Reice and Conor. Her beloved Stepchildren and grandchildren: Sam Hokin and wife Carla Shedivy, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, their children Natalia Hokin and partner Miguel Marcos and Mitchell Hokin, Linda Hokin and son Austin Hinkley, and Ian Hokin also Cregg Reuter and wife Chris, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Vicky Biondi of Idaho and children Maria and Sophia Biondi of Washington. Her dearest dog Sir Hokin who is feeling young and spry living at Ginni’s house. Her sister, Cecile Haydon Moore Settle and husband Dr. Edwards Settle of Princeton, Kentucky, as well as her brother, Willard Anson Moore II “Pete” and his wife, Joy Morton Moore of Birmingham, Alabama, also survive. Her nieces, nephews and their families include: Mary Virginia Settle; Will Edwards Settle, wife Rachel and their children, Edwards, Rebecca and Mason; Charles Moore Settle and wife Jocelyn, and children, Stella and Arthur; Dr. Willard Anson Moore III “Will”, wife Dr. Jeanne-Anne, children Anson and Beau; Amanda Moore Woods and husband Matt and their children, John “Woody”, Cecilia “June”, Moni and Pete.
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 17, 2023 at The School House in Parker, CO 19650 Mainstreet Parker, CO 80138 arrival time 2:30, Reverend Roger Butts of Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church officiating.
Memorials can be made to the Littlefield Leadership Lecture Series Fund online Supportuw.org/giveto/littlefieldmemorial https://supportuw.org/giveto/littlefieldmemorial or via check made payable to UW Foundation-Fund 132642784 and mailed to: UW Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox, Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI, 53278. Other donations may be made to the American Red Cross or the Caldwell County School Foundation in Princeton, Kentucky.