Vivian Nayes, age 89, of Fargo, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at home. She was surrounded by her family and under the care of Hospice. Vivian was born October 28, 1926 in Valley City, ND to Frank and Ethel (Kiser) Thilmony. She was raised in Tower City, ND and graduated High School there. Vivian married Gilbert Nayes on July 6, 1946 in Oriska, ND. They resided in Tower City until 1957 when they moved to Fargo. Gilbert died in 1991. Vivian moved to One Oak Place in 2009. Vivian is survived by her children Gene (Sharon) Nayes, Moorhead, MN; Sandy Herk, Fort Collins, CO; Ron (Jan) Nayes, Eaton, CO; Nancy (Dan) Giere, Underwood, MN; Jane (Larry) Ganje, Fargo, ND; Rick (Kathy) Nayes, Fargo, ND; and daughter-in-law Becky Hebert, 17 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 7 step great grandchildren, 2 brothers Norbert Thilmony, Richfield, MN; Larry (Shari) Thilmony, Ashland, MO; and sister Joyce Peterson, Fargo, ND; brother-in-law Lloyd Jahr, Cheyenne, WY; and sister-in-law Audrey (Nayes) Primos, Jackson, MS. Vivian is preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Jim, son-in-law Dan Herk, great granddaughter Marlee Nayes, two brothers Chancy and Pete Thilmony and her sister Lavetta Jahr.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Viv. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to know her and have been a part of the Nayes family so many years ago. I will always cherish the fond memories I have of her. She was a beautiful lady, so kind and generous. May you all hold those precious memories close to your hearts. I am sure Jim and Gil are happy to have her home with them. My love to you all!

    Deb Ouellette Kroshus

  2. Viv’s family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. It is very hard losing
    The Mom of a family. Know that are thoughts and prayers
    Are with all of you at this sad time.
    Cherish the memories.
    Adrian and Joyce Fugere Flicek

  3. We have a delivery business and got to know Vivian when we would deliver her medications to her, we were so sad to hear the news that she had passed away she would always invite us in and we would sit and visit for a while. She was always so upbeat and would talk so proudly about her family that if it wasn’t for them she wouldn’t be able to live in One Oak Place. she would always offer you a cookie that she made sure you knew that her daughter had made for her, she must have known I had a sweet tooth! we will miss you Vivian you were a real “Gem” but we know he only takes the best!
    Todd & Maureen Graber
    Direct Delivery LLC

  4. It was our pleasure to know Viv & Gil thanks to Jim and Rick. Our prayers for your families at this sad time. Mike & Darlene Wolf Mesa AZ

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. Our Sympathies are are all of you at this time. Treasure your many memories, they stay with you forever. She is with Jim now and smiling down at us. Take care!

  6. My sympathy to the Nayes and Thilmony family, back in Tower City our family’s were very close, we grew up
    together. The loss of Vivian is sad, she always kept the family together and if you were out of line she would
    let you know. God Bless your family’s

    Paul Schumacher

  7. My deepest condolences to the entire Nayse family. I only got to meet Vivian on a few occasions and she was very sweet to me. I do know that she was very important to my grandma Nyla. I know they spoke very often and she looked forward to speaking to her on the phone daily. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you all.

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