Vivian Lee White

Dec 9, 1946 - Sep 24, 2022


Vivian Lee White was born in St. Louis MO on December 9th, 1946, to Lee Andrew Neely and Emma Mae Bailey. She was the oldest child of four Joe Neely, David Martin, and Donald Martin. She departed this life on Saturday September 24, 2022, at UC Davis Medical Center.

Vivian graduated from Vashon High School where she was a member of the Thespian society and track team. She held the leading role in a play called “The Whole Town is Talking”. She was also voted most talkative in the school superlatives. She went on to continue her education at Delta College where she studied Electron Microscopy. She also obtained her teaching credentials, and taught Black History in Oakland, CA. In addition, she worked in many roles in the medical field.

She wed her husband Gilbert Leo White II who served in the United States Army, and moved to Oakland California in 1976.

She was one of the first women longshoreman for the port of Stockton. She was also the creator of a non- profit organization called the African American Teenage Female Academy where they served their local community by participating in camping, and teaching young women the ways of the world. She donated much of her free time as a foster parent where she received a plethora of awards.

She leaves, to cherish her precious memories, eight daughters Sharon Renee Johson Neely, Lisa Dawn Long-Arkoh, Erica Nicole Hagens, Brena Yvonne Hagens, Britt Elizabeth Smallwood, Regina Ann Springs, Jasmine Gilbert and Amber Weaver. Four sons Robert Springs, Dale Shawn Mitchell, Tervell White and Robert White. She had 22 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two brothers David and Donald Martin and her three great grandchildren Ashane Spivey, Cody Spivey Jr. and Jream Smith

Friends are welcome to attend a Funeral Service at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove CA.

A Committal Service will be held at 10:45 am on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, MO.


  • Jasmine Gilgert says:

    Thank you for being a friend and mother-figure to many. You are loved. Thank you for saving my family. Rest easy- Saint Louis, ya heard!

  • Regina Springs says:

    Vivian, may you rest peacefully in the arm of the Lord. You will be missed dearly. I will always remember the long night’s in the kitchen cooking holiday dinners. So thankful for the 7up cake and dressing recipe. Thanks for making me the strong woman I am today. Rest easy young lady. I love you always and forever.

  • Stephanie moore says:

    Rest In Peace Vivian💙 I had the best talks with you as a young girl you always taught me so much about everything and showed so much love to everyone, also was the best cook ever !! Your 7 up cake was the Best I don’t think I’ll ever taste one better Love you Vivian you will be missed.

  • Robert White says:

    This is not the end. It’s just the beginning. Love you!

  • Darryl L Robinson says:

    RIP love you Vivian you will truly be missed but God has a better place for you now.

  • Leatrice Neely Talley Adams Lawrence says:

    My dear sister, Vivian…. I am sad you had to go, but I know you’re resting in God’s arms..,, I’ll see you on the other side, but until then


    Your baby sister,
    Leatrice Neely Talley

  • Joe L. Neely says:

    Rest in Heaven my sister. The challenging times on Earth are over and your eternal life in glory has just begun. You are gone from Earth, but never forgotten. Your two final wishes were honored in a big way. I continue to watch over your flock. Until we meet again. RIH. Your Brother Joe.

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