Vivian Kellam McMahon

Born in New York, NY on December 17, 1912

Departed on September 16, 2010 and resided in Nashville, TN

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McMAHON, Vivian Kellam, age 97 of Nashville. She could have danced all night, but passed away after raising 10 children. Mrs. McMahon was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. McMahon and 2 children. She is survived by 8 children, 31 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; her spirit lives on in all of them. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, September 18th from 3-4 P.M. A funeral mass will follow at 4P.M. Entombment will be Sunday, September 19th at 1:00 P.M. from Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, TN. The family requests contributions to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital in lieu of flowers. WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME, 6962 Charlotte Pike, 615352-9400

8 Comments to Vivian Kellam McMahon

  1. Dennis McMahon
    September 16, 2010 12:00 am

    We were very sad to hear the news but happy to hear the way she died. We had heard from Bonnie and Mike recently about how really alive she has been, just like Tom, the youngest man we ever knew. Whenever we are in a mood to really celebrate life, Tom and Vivian will instantly come to mind. We embrace all of her children. We love you all! Pelligrini! Denny & Jo Ann McMahon

  2. Jim & Rose McCabe
    September 17, 2010 12:00 am

    We are very saddened by the passing of Vivian. When I was growing up, I spent many hours with all of the McMahon Brothers and their families including Tom & Vivian. Many permanent and positive memories were created over the numerous years of our association. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this time. Rest in peace Vivian now that you have been brought home to reunite with Tom!


    Jim & Rose Mccabe & Family

  3. Pat McCabe
    September 17, 2010 12:00 am

    I can’t think of Vivian without also thinking of Tom–they were both so full of life! We have so many wonderful memories growing up with all of the McMahons–uncles, aunts, cousins. So many stories told, so many songs sung. I still remember the time when Uncle Bob drove us to New York to see our first broadway play and we stayed with all of you in Tenafly. What a time we had! She will be missed by all of us but we know she’s happily dancing with Tom in heaven.
    Love to all,
    Pat McCabe-Leche & Family
    Austin, TX

  4. Maureen McMahon Quinn
    September 17, 2010 12:00 am

    What a wonderful lady she was. I know you are all sad today, but she will keep you smiling for the rest of your lives..
    My love and prayers are with you now and always.

  5. mcdonald
    September 17, 2010 12:00 am

    Aunt Vivian was such a Joy!!!
    Visiting way back in Memphis, lunch at the Peabody with Aunt V & Uncle Tom , Never Forget!!!
    We Hope you all are doing ok….
    Don’t hesitate to call or visit!!!
    Love ya!! Bridget

  6. Kathryn Highfield
    September 18, 2010 12:00 am

    I only saw this lovely lady through her granddaughter, Delia. Delia told me much about her wonderful grandmother. I can relate to her grandmother because my mother also had ten children. I just wanted to let you know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts. My only regret is that I did not get to meet this wonderful lady but not to fret, I will see her one day. Prayers to all.

  7. jeff kellam
    September 20, 2010 12:00 am

    What warm and wonderful memories of that home on Norman Place in Tenefly and the vibrant and loving family that lived there! And whenever Aunt Viv and Uncle Tom came back to their upstate NY roots to visit — well, what special times we had. I can still see them standing on the bandstand in the park singing with the band. And the night before our wedding, they serenaded us with joy in their eyes and love in their hearts. The songs, the joy, and the love will live on. God’s peace and comfort be with the whole McMahon family…from “the Kellam side.”

  8. Jeannie McMahon Rebello
    September 23, 2010 12:00 am

    What pure joy Aunt Vivian was, which was always and still is reflected in her beautiful family. I remember the big New York to Tenafly trip too so exciting, summers with Jerry his cantankerous car which I was grudgingly given permission to drive, the baby raccoon he insisted he could tame, a wonderful visit in Hawaii from Betsey and Bonnie who absolutely had to meet Don Ho. My heart goes out to all of you and you will all be in my thoughts and prayers. You were privileged and blessed to have such a grand lady in your lives, and I know you will miss her terribly.