Vivian (Ensley) Harlan

Born: Fri., May 3, 1935
Died: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018


11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 28, 2018
Location: Wright's Creek Baptist Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Tue., Aug. 28, 2018
Location: Wright's Creek Baptist Church

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Vivian Harlan, 83, of Cherokee passed away on Sunday August 26, 2018 at the Cherokee Indian Hospital.

Vivian was a police dispatcher and a member of the Wrights Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children Eugene Harlan of Murphy, NC, John F. Harlan, Jr. of Cherokee, James “Arnie” Harlan of Murphy, NC, Victoria Harlan of Cherokee, Birdie Lynne Harlan of Cherokee, and John Moses Harlan of Cherokee; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Ensley (Wife Mary) and Dave Ensley (Wife Brenda); two sisters, Ann Bradley Rienke and Becky Ensley Butler; Nephew Ronnie Hornbuckle (Wife Sue); Nieces, Deb Lambert (Husband Buddy) and Pam Straughan (Husband Tommy).

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband John F. Harlan, Sr.; one daughter, Angie Harlan; one brother Charlie Ensley and wife Edgarita.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 11 AM until 2 pm at Wrights Creek Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 2 pm.  Pastor James “Bo” Parris will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Wrights Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be among family and friends.

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R. Lee Fleming
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Our Dear Cherokee Cousins,

Having just lost Ahniwake this past June, we know what you’re feeling right now. Losing a mom is particularly rough – the one who brought us into the world, loved us unconditionally, encouraged us to belly laugh while turning our tears of sorrow or anger into understanding, took care of us when sick, and taught us to “get along” with each other. Take comfort in knowing that, just like our mom, Ahniwake has joined her Joe, our Dad, your Vivian has joined her John, your Dad. Also, know that it’s the happy memories that help us through these sad times.

Your mom, after working those long dispatch shifts for the safety of her NC Cherokee Eastern Band and your Oklahoma Cherokee Nation granny Birdie Miller Harlan Sixkiller (her father Joe Miller was a half first cousin to our grandfather Robert Lee Miller) would prepare and cook great meals, knowing that we kids were developing huge appetites while floating on inner tubes down the Oconaluftee or wandering all over the Great Smokey Mountains. How our eyes grew wide upon finding out that we had just eaten a bear roast!

Our mothers are looking down on us, smiling, perhaps giggling or laughing raucously, knowing they created beautiful, productive Cherokee families–well done, Vivian!

We love you all,

Susie, Frank, Lee, and Joe Fleming

Cathy Price
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Praying for you and your family 🙏

Terry Greene
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear loved one. Our loving Creator never planned for death to be part of his original plan. There is such a loving scripture found at Revelation 21: 3 & 4 which reads: With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say " Look! The tent of God is with mankind and he will reside with them, And they will be his people, And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more. The Former things have passed away " I hope these words help you find comfort and also give you hope for our near future.

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