Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Branicks in:
 • Alto Reste Burial Park
 • Altoona
 • Blair County
 • Pennsylvania
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Vivian McTavish Branick
Learn about removing the ads from this memorial...
Birth: Apr. 18, 1921
Jefferson County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 2011
Juniata Gap
Blair County
Pennsylvania, USA

Vivian (McTavish) Branick, 90, Altoona, died Sunday.

She was born in Punxsutawney, daughter of the late Roy L. and Velma (Williams) McTavish. She married John J. Branick in 1953 on the "Bride and Groom Program" on CBS Television in New York City. He preceded her in death on May 13, 2011.

Surviving are two nieces: Lynn Crosson and husband, Robert, of Bullard, Texas, and Lynda Matys of Bowie, Md.; a nephew, David McTavish and wife, Karen, of Kennett Square, Pa and two sisters-in-law: Loretta Branick of Binghamton, N.Y., and Helen Branick.

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Dr. Chester McTavish and Dr. R. Drexel McTavish.

Vivian was a 1939 graduate of Altoona High School, a graduate of Pittsburgh School of Embalming and the first female licensed mortician in Altoona, a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received her master's degree from Penn State University. She retired as a principal from Wright Elementary School in 1985 after 37 years of service.

She was the first woman selected from Pennsylvania to serve on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania School Study Council Inc., and she had written articles for the Pennsylvania Elementary School Principals Magazine. In 1973, she received special recognition for Wright School's development of new concepts in Blair County.

Vivian was a member of First Baptist Church and a former Sunday school teacher, Junior Department superintendent and recreational director for Bible school and summer picnics. She was a life member of the Blair, Pennsylvania and National Retired Administration Associations. She was a past matron of Order of the Eastern Star, Altoona Chapter 290, and served on state appointments. She was active in many civic organizations and a member of the Altoona Area High School Foundation Committee.

Family links: 
  Roy L McTavish (1886 - 1942)
  Velma G McTavish (1888 - 1978)
  John Joseph Branick (1924 - 2011)*
  Chester L McTavish (1908 - 1991)*
  Roy D Mactavish (1915 - 1983)**
  Vivian McTavish Branick (1921 - 2011)
*Calculated relationship
Alto Reste Burial Park
Blair County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: annie
Record added: Jul 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73949269
Vivian <i>McTavish</i> Branick
Added by: annie
Vivian <i>McTavish</i> Branick
Added by: spanielfam
Vivian <i>McTavish</i> Branick
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Albert Ledoux
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

You were my principal when I was in grade school.You are a great lady.Always a giving person.God Bless.R.I.P.
- Pam Dukeman
 Added: Sep. 9, 2016
Youwas tought of today God bless you sweet dear Lady you are missed
- annie
 Added: Sep. 1, 2013

- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Jul. 27, 2013
There are 8 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service UPDATED