Remembering Vivian Eve Spell Magee

Vivian Eve Spell Magee

Vivian Eve Spell Magee, 89, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at Northern Louisiana Medical Center after a brief illness. She died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be at 10:00 AM, and funeral services at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at Temple Baptist Church officiated by Dr. Reggie Bridges. Interment will be at Kilpatrick Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Vivian Eve Spell was born November 29, 1933, in Collins, MS, to Olin and Ella Spell. She was born premature and because she was small, the family called her Biddy and still do. She graduated from Salem High School in 1952 and received a Bachelor of Religious Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1957. 

Vivian married a young pastor, Robert Solomon Magee, on June 21, 1953. She loved and supported him in his ministry for 45 years. Dr. Magee served as pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston from 1964-1998 where she remained a member until her death. Over the years, she taught Sunday School, was active in the Women’s Missionary Union, served in the nursery, sang in the choir, and loved and served anyone and everyone. 

Mrs. Magee was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert S. Magee, and has now joined him in heaven with our Lord and Savior.  Also preceding her in death are her father Olin Timothy Spell, her mother Ella Graves Spell, her sister, Olene Spell Fowler, and her brother, Joe Graves Spell.

Survivors include her two children, Dr. Bruce Robert Magee of Ruston, and Vivian Gayle Magee Red and husband Clark Red of Richardson, TX; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Magee, Miles Larkin and wife Susan, Jonathan Magee and wife Tiffany, Anna Red Pringle and her husband Evan Pringle, Olivia Red Auzenne and her husband Steven Auzenne, Beverly Red, and Kerr Magee; three great-grandchildren, Amelia Vivian Larkin, Robert Larkin, and Finn Magee; siblings, Jane Spell Funderburk and her husband Carl Funderburk, Nelda Spell Mitchell and her husband Dennis Mitchell, Eloise Spell Corley and her husband Chuck Corley; and numerous nieces and nephews that were loved so dearly by their Aunt Biddy. 

Pallbearers will be Miles Larkin, Jeffrey Magee, Jonathan Magee, Kerr Magee, David Darland, Ben Humphries, Joe Mitcham, and Jim Pearce. The family would like to thank Miriam Ray, the Faith Sunday School class, the McConathy-Hall Sunday School Class, and Vivian’s many friends, along with the church family of Temple Baptist Church for the love and care of our precious mother.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Robert and Vivian Magee Scholarship Fund at Temple Baptist Church.


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