Vivian May (nee Marshall) Sherlock died peacefully in Tallahassee on Saturday, July 8, 2017. She was 102 years old.
Vivian was born in Apalachicola on June 26, 1915 to her parents Dwight Ione Marshall, Sr. and Ida Maud (Baxter) Marshall. She graduated from Chapman High School in Apalachicola in June 1932, from Florida State College for Women in June 1936, and from Florida State University with a masters degree in 1947.
In June 1941 she married John Vincent Sherlock, an officer in the United States Army; thus beginning the exciting life as an Army wife with four children.
Vivian was truly a Renaissance woman. In addition to being a strong and supportive mother, she was an inspiring teacher, a prolific writer and storyteller, a dedicated historian, and a dynamic artist. She taught English and creative writing at the high school and college levels at Chapman High School, Andrew Jackson High School, Colorado State University, Gulf Coast Community College and Tallahassee Community College.
She wrote in a variety of different formats, including several plays, numerous magazine articles, a regional cookbook and the authoritative biography of Dr. John Gorrie (The Fever Man). She was still writing two weeks before her death, working on a mystery that is set in Apalachicola. She maintained a long-term commitment to promoting the history of North Florida both with her writing, her entertaining stories of her early life in Apalachicola and her leadership in the Florida Historical Society.
She was also a very productive artist who received numerous awards for her watercolor paintings depicting the natural environment and cultures of Tallahassee and Apalachicola. Vivian was also a founding member of 10 Artists Limited and maintained a long-term involvement in that organization.
Vivian is survived by her sister, Kathryn (Marshall) Tucker; her daughters, Kathryn (Kitty) Clare Sherlock and Ellen Marshall Amatea; her son Stephen Michael (Mike) Sherlock, her son-in-law Frank Charles Amatea and her daughter-in-law, Sarah Ruth Hoffman. Her grandchildren are Leila Marie (nee Mohajerin) Jackson, Frank Christian Amatea, and John Marshall Amatea. Her great-grandchildren are Julia Ann Jackson, Savannah Elizabeth Amatea, and Laurel Marie Amatea.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John Vincent Sherlock; her son, John Kerrigan Sherlock; and her brother, Dwight Ione Marshall, Jr.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Vivian Sherlock will be held at the Church of the Advent, 815 Piedmont Drive, Tallahassee at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. There will be a reception following the service. Friends and family are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to Apalachicola Municipal Library, 74 6th St. Apalachicola, Florida 32320.