Viva Lee Archer

November 29, 1928 - November 29, 2011

Viva Lee Archer, age 83, of McKinney, Texas, passed away November 29, 2011. Viva was born November 29, 1928 in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Edward Daniel and Thelma Thay (Hopkins) Wiest. She is survived by her son, Marion Edward Archer of McKinney; daughter, Sara Lee Powell of Pipe Creek, Texas; grandchildren, Viva Michelle DeLeon of McKinney, Deena Cochran of Alabama, Ashley Aaron Archer of California, James Edward Archer of Melissa, Texas, Joy Gibson of Sachse, Texas and Laura Bennett of Alabama; great-grandchildren, Amber, Christian, Jeremiah, Juanita Mae, Casey, Morgan, Britanie, Braeden, Andrew, Sergio, Daniel, Blake and Cheyanne; brother, Harold Wiest of Grand Rapids, Michigan; sisters, Bernice Batchelor of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Annie Mae Miranda of Ray Township, Michigan; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members. Viva is preceded in death by her parents; son, Aaron Wayne Archer; and brother, Emmit Wiest. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 4, 2011, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen. Memorial contributions may be made in Viva Lee Archer's name to Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

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I've always knew you as Mrs. Archer. I always enjoyed talking to you When I would see you in town. I respected you. You was a hard working woman, and I thought you could nearly do a mans job. YOU will be missed by people that knew you. You wuld honestly do a dats, work. Time to Rest in Peace Mrs. Archer. Linda Prince Todd, December 28, 2011 Mrs. Archer was the backbone of the Heritage Guild of Collin County in the 80's and 90's. When it was time for spring plantings, attending the flower gardens, overall landscaping and fall clean-up, and when wood needed to be gathered or fires tended in the Faires House during the Christmas Tour of Homes, or there was some other major project to be completed, Mrs. Archer always seemed to appear like an angel out of Heaven to be there to help us. She rolled up her sleeves and always went to work, no questions asked. What a dear woman! She is now tending the beautiful gardens in Heaven with Becky Winniford, Margaret Houghston, and Helen Hall. My deepest sympathy to your family. Marci Meyer, December 9, 2011 So sorry to learn of your loss. Sorry too that our families lost touch over the years. Praying for God's comfort for you all. I will let Mom & Dad know, they would want to pray for you all. Mom and Mrs. Archer were such good friends. God bless! Mary Mary Foster, December 7, 2011 Sara, I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. I know that she will be missed greatly. May you soon have peace in your heart. God Bless. Sincerely, Pinkie Biggs-Benton, December 7, 2011 Sara, sorry to hear about your mom. While we were in high sch, Rev F. Johnson and Family spoke very highly of her. She must have been a REMARKABLE lady! My sincere sympathy. Gilda Garcia Garza, December 4, 2011 Hope everything went well and God bless Michael L Wiest, December 4, 2011 We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Archer. We have many fond memories of seeing Mrs Archer in the neighborhood helping older residents with their home and landscaping needs. Mrs. Archer was always ready to share an interesting story from her very hard life. One special memory of Mrs. Archer I will always cherish is, one day I was working in my from yard putting in a flower bed. I had hired a teenage boy to help me with some of the heavy work. When Mrs. Archer drove by that day she stopped and began laughing at me saying she wouldn't have needed to hire a teenager she could have done all the heavy work all by herself. After seeing her take down a very tall tree all by herself one day, I'm sure she could have put the flower bed in by herself. God bless you Mrs. Archer and may he give you the peace and reward you so richly deserve. We will miss you! Caig & Stephanie Farrar, December 4, 2011 Dear Mrs. Archer Thank you, so much of being a part of our family. We, are so bless to know you! You, were such a role model for working women! Very giving, hard worker, intelligent business woman. You will be missed, and i will never forget you! Your grand daughter VIVA ( my niece ) is very much like you! You would be very proud of her! May GOD BLESS THE FAMILY. Love N.SANCHEZ N. SANCHEZ, December 3, 2011 Mrs. Archer was so kind and helpful to my grandmother and my aunt and uncle, and my mom and I. When our cat needed to go to the emergency vet at night, Mrs Archer went with us. We could always call her in an emergency and she came right away. She seemed to know when to come visit, just when we needed someone to talk to.God bless all of you. May she rest in peace right at God's side. Liz Dickerson Hogan, December 3, 2011 Dear Viva and all your family, Mrs. Archer was such a good friend to my family. For years, she and my mom and aunt planted flowers, bulbs, and kept the garden looking beautiful. She and Mom especially loved shining the furniture to make it glow. The first time I met her, she was pulling a huge tree stump out of the back yard with her truck and a rope tied to it and it worked! She helped me close out my cousin's house in Dallas. One of the men helping called his family in Mexico to tell them about the remarkable woman he met who could work as hard as he could. She was at my daughter's wedding and always asked about everyone in our family. She was so wonderful, funny and caring. I loved her so much. She will be missed. God bless you all - she loved you so much. She always talked about her kids and grandkids. Mary Virginia Holcomb Dickerson (Lucas Studio), December 1, 2011 I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for the family. Denice Burnside Webb, December 1, 2011 Sorry for the loss of your Grandmother, mom, friend ect. Hold on to the memories you've made with her and she will be in Heaven watching over you... Marie and Larry Gelvin, December 1, 2011