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Vivian L. Nininger

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Vivian Nininger passed away June 15, 2013 at the age of 95. She was a resident of Oxford Gardens Senior Care Home in Ashland, Ore.


She was born in McLean County, Okla., and moved as a small child with her family to California, finally settling in Southern Oregon. She lived in Chiloquin and Fort Klamath, before moving by herself as a high school junior to Ashland to finish high school. She met her husband, Logan Nininger, at the caf which his father owned.


Vivian and Logan were friends of Angus Bowmer and his wife, and encouraged Angus to start the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She was featured in an article in the Ashland Daily Tidings several years ago, which highlighted her history with the Festival.

She and Logan lived for 50 years in California, Vivian working as a bond agent and raising two children, before returning to Ashland in her later life; she really loved Ashland and felt she was home. She was a great fan of opera, classic films, creative writing, travel, and photography.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Neil Nininger; and daughter, Nora Kruger; granddaughters, Ellen Kruger and Cameo Mead; and son-in-law, Charles Kruger. She is also survived by her grandson-in law, Jack Mead; great-granddaughter, Olivia Mead; several step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren.

Private family interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford, Ore. Donations may be made to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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