Gretta Vivian Johnston Channing

Born: Thu., Oct. 27, 1921
Died: Wed., Feb. 25, 2004

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Gretta Vivian Johnston Channing, age 82, of Greensboro, Georgia, died Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. A native of Youngsville, PA, she was born October 27, 1921 to the late Carey Johnston and Julia M. Johnston. After graduating from Warren, PA High School, she worked as a telephone operator. She enlisted in the United States Army in 1944 and served her country as one of its first WACS in World War II and later worked as a switchboard operator at Warren General Hospital. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, GA. A She is survived by two daughters, Karen Osche and husband Stephen of St. Mary''s, PA and Beth Lyons and husband Jude of Greensboro, GA; two sons, Craig W. Channing and wife Mary Jane of New Castle, PA and Terry K. Channing and wife Luanne of Greensboro, GA; eleven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred William "Bill" Channing; and five brothers, Art Johnston, Lyle Johnston, Marshall Johnston, Richard Johnston and Gail Johnston. A Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro with The Rev. D. Geoffrey Taylor, Celebrant. A reception will follow in the church activities center. The cremains will be interred Friday, March 5, 2004 at 10:15 a.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Vivian Channing Memorial Fund at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, P.O. Box 93, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Margie and Nick Fritz
   Posted Sat February 28, 2004
Karen, Steve, and family: Our sympathy on the passing of your mom. Glad we got to meet her at your home years ago. So sorry I wasn't home from school to help you. We will get together when you are home. Take care dear friends. Wish we were there to help and just to be with you. Know that our hearts are with you. Love and prayers, Margie and Nick

Cindi [Dunham] Bigelow
   Posted Sat February 28, 2004
As I am sure you four know, the Channings have always been an important part of the lives of the Dunhams. Wish I could be there to give you all a hug, and share some of the memories. Opps, guess I should include Jude - I don't think I really know the other spouses.

Barbara Swanson
   Posted Sat February 28, 2004
Dear Beth, Jude, Jennifer, Gretchen and family, Our heartfelt sympathy to you all in the recent loss of your mother. Losing a parent and grandparent is such a tragedy, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, we wish that we could be there with you. Love, Barb, Sara, Amy & Mary

Ed & Karen Braley
   Posted Sat February 28, 2004
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Channing Family. God Bless You All.

Catherine Glotz Washburn
   Posted Sun February 29, 2004
Karen and family I'm really sorry to hear about your mother you ever need anything let me know. Take care my prayers are with you. Catherine Washburn

William Glotz
   Posted Sun February 29, 2004
The Channing Family Sorry about the loss of your mother.I remember your family when you lived on Lanning Hill Rd.We were neighbors.We'll be praying for you. God Bless Bill Glotz

Michael Glotz
   Posted Sun February 29, 2004
The Channings Sorry to hear about your mom. Michael Glotz

Dorothy Glotz Corey
   Posted Sun February 29, 2004
Karen,Beth,Craig,Terry We heard about your mother and we are really sorry to hear she passed away.Tell everyone we'll say a prayer for her. Dorothy Corey

Dave & Darrell Dabria
   Posted Mon March 01, 2004
With love and special prayers for the repose of her loving soul and the peace and unity of the members of the family....We love you all and are vvery sorry we could not be with you.

Nicole and Jon Seeling
   Posted Tue March 02, 2004
I was so saddened to see Vivian's obituary in the paper. Jon, Mollie and I lived next door to Bill and Vivian in Niceville. We moved to Cincinnati in 2000, and we just moved back to Destin In November. Bill and Vivian were wonderful neighbors with a wonderful family. They always had great stories about the family.

Dick Culver
   Posted Thu March 18, 2004
Beth,Jude,Karen,Terry,Craig sorry to hear you lost your mother she was a wonderful Lady GOD BLESS!

Madeline Lyons
   Posted Tue March 23, 2004
To my son & daughter-in-law & granddaughters, Jude & Beth, Jennifer & Gretchen My thoughts and prayers are with you. In memory of your mother, a mass will be said in her honor on June 8, 2004.

Frank & Bertha Stroker
   Posted Mon April 05, 2004
Our deepest sympathy to Beth, Jude and all the Channing family on the death of your mom. Also, we were unaware that Bill also had passed away. Vi was a good friend and fellow employee at Warren General. We also go back to when she and Bill were good customers at the Seastead Pharmacy. Those were good days. We will always remember with fondness, the retirement party Vi had at her home before moving to Florida. Sorry we never were able to make contact when we also moved to Florida three years ago. She and Bill were wonderful friends and will always have a special place in our hearts and in our prayers.