Vivian Marie Good (née Dye), 82
April 8, 1938 - September 9, 2020
On the evening of September 9, 2020, Vivian Marie Good (née Dye) passed away peacefully at home, following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Vivian lived a remarkable life in service to others. She was a teacher for 30 years, devoted herself to a second career as a psychotherapist for 10 years and throughout her life in community service as well.
Blending her strong sense of compassion, an unparalleled work ethic and her authentic nature, Vivian touched the lives of countless numbers of people, from all walks of life, in many positive ways. Through it all, Vivian was also an extraordinary mother, grandmother, a consummate animal lover and advocate, and the truest of friends.
Vivian Marie Dye was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania. The daughter of a gentleman farmer and an elementary school teacher, she grew up on a 150-acre farmstead in the village of Husband, PA.
During high school, she began taking voice lessons and became a classically trained soprano soloist who played piano as well. Throughout high school and when on break from her tenure as an undergraduate, Vivian performed in the church choir as both a member of the ensemble and a soloist.
Following graduation from Somerset High School, Vivian attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) as an undergraduate. In 1960, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a specialization in both English & Speech.
Immediately following her tenure at IUP, Vivian decided to move across the state and seek employment as an educator in the Philadelphia metro region. Soon after relocating, she earned a full-time position as a high school English teacher in the Phoenixville Area School District, located 30-miles northwest of Philadelphia.
In 1962, Vivian married Charles W. Good. She and Charles were married for 33 years.
Vivian taught English and Theatre Arts at Phoenixville Area High School (PAHS) for 30 years, during which she took an 8-year leave to give birth and care for her son Mark and daughter Beth. While at PAHS, Vivian also worked as director and producer of the annual Student Theatre Production as well as being the co-coordinator of the annual Student Graduation Commencement Ceremony. Additionally, Vivian was nominated and awarded induction into Who’s Who among American Teachers. In 1981, she earned an MA in Theater from Villanova University.
In 1998, Vivian retired from her position as a teacher at PAHS after 30 years of service. Following retirement, Vivian earned her 2nd Master’s degree in 1999, this time in Counseling Psychology.
Soon after, Vivian fulfilled a handful of endeavors from her bucket list that included voiceover and acting classes. These led to part-time employment in both radio and TV commercial acting and voice work. She acted in community theater with the Players Club of Swarthmore. She also wrote, co-wrote and performed in her own stage cabarets at ‘The Tavern on Camac’ in Philadelphia.
In 2010, at age 72, Vivian applied her M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology, by beginning a 2nd career as a psychotherapist. She entered the field with her natural inclination to help others, the vitality she always brought to her work and, as it turned out, a great deal of talent to subsequently take on many roles as a psychotherapist.
She facilitated support groups and individual therapy for hundreds, while working in the behavioral health sphere of the nonprofit care agency known as Merakey. Simultaneously, she also created and maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist who specialized in supporting clients with life transitions, personal relationships, and chronic mental health issues. Last but not least, Vivian served as a supervision coordinator for interns and provided supervision for individuals working toward licensure in the field as well. She ended her career as a psychotherapist in 2020, at the age of 81, only when her illness prevented her from performing her work any longer.
Vivian devoted much of her time involved in child welfare and politics by volunteering at local polling centers, serving as a town council committee member, campaigning for a U.S. Congressional candidate, a U.S. Senatorial candidate and as a member of the Phoenixville, PA Day Care Board of Directors.
Vivian was a long-time member of both the American Alliance of University Women (AAUW) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
In addition to spending her first 18 years growing up in Somerset, PA, Vivian was also a 26-year resident of Phoenixville, PA from 1960-1986; Malvern, PA from 1986-1996; a resident of The Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA from 1996-1997; a 23-year resident of Media, PA where she lived in her favorite home on Luckie Lane from 1997-2020. She spent her final 6-months, quite happily, living in Ardmore, PA in the home of her daughter, Beth.
Vivian is survived by her children, Mark and Vivian Elizabeth, granddaughters, Devon and Tyler Kearney-Good and sister Elizabeth Hughes (née Dye).
As her family, we are immensely grateful for the immeasurable gift of having Vivian in our lives. Her unconditional love and genuine nature always succeeded at helping us and those who knew her to feel a strong sense of safety and belonging whenever she was present and in our lives. We will miss her so very much.
Honor or memorial donations may be made in Vivian’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at https://www.pancan.org.
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