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Vivian Youngblood

Oct 17th, 1927 - Mar 19th, 2023

Funeral Ceremony: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment: Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery, Flora

Visitation: 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home


      Vivian B. Youngblood, age 95, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Sunday morning, March 19, 2023, at Flora Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

      She was born October 17, 1927, in Energy, the daughter of Roy and Ethel (Snider) Gentry.  She was united in marriage to Paul Lester Youngblood on July 30, 1944, and together they celebrated 71 wedding anniversaries until his death July 21, 2016.

      Vivian worked in the medical field for many years working at several area medical clinics in Olney, Mt, Vernon, and Flora, and at Clay County Hospital.  She was an active member of Flora United Methodist Church, Golden Links Sunday School Class, and Clay County Hospital Auxiliary.  Vivian enjoyed attending southern gospel music concerts, cooking, and preparing meals for family gatherings.  She loved and adored her children and grandchildren as well as her church family and had spent her entire life caring for others.  She was very social and had been the Welcoming Ambassador for Heritage Woods Assisted Living Center.     

      She is survived by her children: Dennis (Kathy) Youngblood of Flora, Terry (Linda) Youngblood of Effingham, and Gayla (Bryan) Land of Flora; 6 grandchildren: Bekin Youngblood, Leslie Rusk, Zachary (Trisha) Youngblood, Andrew Youngblood, Maleah Land, and Mitchell (Anna) Land; 11 great-grandchildren: Rayden Moore, Sydney Youngblood, Liam Moore, Jase Rusk, Eva Youngblood, Maximilian Youngblood, Jack Compton, Mia Compton, and Blair, Knox, and Drew Land; 2 brothers: Leonard Gentry of Energy and Don Gentry of Carterville; special friends at Heritage Woods; and several nieces and nephews.

      She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

      A funeral ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Pastor Mark Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery, Flora.  A visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Cancer Crusaders, Clay County Hospice, or Flora First Methodist Church and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Judy Lusk

March 20th

Dennis and family. Sorry for your loss. Vivian was a sweet lady. She was a ray of sunshine on a sunny day.

Susan Allison

March 20th

My condolences to all of you, Dennis, Terry and Gayla, as well as your families. Our Mom would have been 98 years old March 19 th. Just think of that party going on when Vivian arrived in heaven! Mom loved Vivian. So did the rest of our family. Rest in Peace Vivian 🕊️

Bob & Joy Coble

March 21st

So sorry for your loss. Vivian was a shining light and will be missed by all. Prayers for your family.

Mike & Kayla Anderson

March 21st

Loved her smile & positive personality. Pretty, pretty Lady inside & out. Your electricity of Life will be missed.

Nancy Dehart

March 21st

Vivian was a special lady and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Mindy green

March 21st

I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for the family

Lucy Burgess

March 21st

A lovely lady in every way. I always enjoyed visiting with her. Prayers for all family!

Paul & Jo Ann Rose

March 21st

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Jim and Patsy Conley

March 21st

Please accept our deepest sympathy. May the face of the Good Lord shine upon you and give you peace.

Becky Stocke

March 21st

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Vivian was such a sweet— kind—loving woman. Always a joy to be around her.

Norma Clarner

March 20th

So Very Sorry to hear of Mom’ passing, She was such a beautiful and sweet Lady and loved by so many people .

Ed & Kathy Colclasure

March 20th

Dennis … so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. We send our deepest thoughts and condolences. You and your family will be in our prayers!

Judy (Simpson) Holroyd

March 20th

Gayla and family so sorry for your loss.

Diane Becker

March 20th

Gayla Dennis Terry so sorry to hear about your mom, Vivian was such a sweet lady, enjoyed knowing her , she was a kind and loving woman that I thought of her as a mom Being friends with Gayla she always treated Gayla's friends like her own such a special and sweet person ❤️ May she rest in peace 🙏

Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

March 21st

We are so sorry for your loss. Love you Gayla. ❤️ Mom and yours got to put up with we girls!!! It was fun times.

Joyce Watson

March 22nd

Sorry for your loss. Vivian was a joy to be around. Prayers for you all.

Vince Guerrettaz

March 22nd

Knowing Vivian and Paul was a pure blessing to me — may they both rest in peace in Heaven. My condolences to all who feel the loss of these two saints.

Steve and Linda Spicer

March 24th

What a beautiful lady with a beautiful life! Sending our most sincere sympathy!

Dana Hosick

March 22nd

Dennis, Terry, Gayla and families. So sorry to learn of the passing of your Mother. Also sorry I never had the pleasure of knowing her but from all the comments and the way she raised you all, sounds like a wonderful, loving soul. May God grant you all peace and strength the coming weeks and months

april luchtefeld

March 22nd

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing Terry. Keep the wonderful memories in your heart.

Sabra Riggio

March 22nd

Gayla I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have thought about Vivian many times over the years. I knew she had moved to Flora but didn't know anything else. I so enjoyed working with your mom and with you in Mt.Vernon. She was always the sweetest woman. She was blessed with a long and filled life. Know that you and all your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna Youngblood

March 19th

We are so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed being around Aunt Vivian, she always had a smile and a good word! She will be missed!

Debra Ritchie

March 26th

She seemed to always have a smile. Thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Perry

March 19th

Gayla and family, sorry for your loss.

Robin & Sharla Todd

March 19th

Gayla we are sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family.

Mike and Sharon Gray

March 19th

Sorry for your loss. Vivian was a fun loving lady and we always enjoyed visiting with her. Prayers of comfort for you and your family.

Dorothy Uebinger

March 19th

I enjoyed Vivian as a good neighbor for many years. May she now rest in peace.

Bud & Linda Martin

March 19th

Dennis, Terry, Gayla and Families: We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Terry Igert

March 20th

You all have our deepest sympathy!! Vivian was a wonderful lady!!!


March 20th

Vivian was a beautiful lady with a beautiful smile. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of her life and yours the last few years at Heritage Woods. May God bless you and comfort you.

Kay Fritch

March 19th

Our earthly home has lost and heaven has gained a powerful prayer warrior that I was so privileged to know. She was a beautiful Christian light to all and now she is home with Paul for eternity. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Maximilian Youngblood

September 13th

I was Vivian’s great grandson but of course we called her grandma viv. I spent nine years of my life with her and she was the sweetest most kind, generous, loving soul a person could ever meet. I remember she was always so generous, she would always have treats for us when we got there. And she loved everything and everyone. She was truly just the best. And now I imagine that her and her husband (Grandpa PY/ Paul Lester) are dancing in heaving and they are reunited. I miss her so much and if she could come back for an hour. I would tell her how much I love her and how much all of us miss her. And I would also make sure she wasn’t lonely in that little room. Love you grandma viv



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