Vivian Louise McCaulley, 80, passed away peacefully at her home in Wellington on Sunday, March 18th. She was born July 31, 1937 in Fort Collins, Co, to Jacob Uhrich, Jr. and Eva Kautz Uhrich. The family lived in Wellington, Co, where Vivian grew up and graduated from high school. In 1963, she moved with her first husband and family of five young children to Wellington, Ks, to assume ownership and operation of A&W Family Restaurant. Following her divorce in 1969, Vivian assumed sole ownership of the business and built it into a thriving restaurant and catering enterprise. In November of 1971, she married Gary M. McCaulley, her husband of 46 years. After the restaurant’s closure in 2012, she continued to cater events throughout the Wellington area until the end of 2017. An active member of the community, Vivian was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church for many years and was active in the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce for over five decades, serving multiple times on the Chamber Board of Directors. Her involvement with the Kansas Restaurant Association included several terms as an officer of its governing board. She was president of Roosevelt School PTA, a volunteer for the March of Dimes, and a member of Beta Sigma Phi. Vivian will be remembered for her warm smile and her zest for life.
Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Eva Uhrich, and her sister, Geraldine Mitchell. She is survived by her husband, Gary, of the home; her brother, Richard Uhrich and his wife Judy of Aurora, Co; four daughters, Connie Tuttle and her husband David of Richmond, Virginia, Cheryl Christoffers of Newport Coast, Ca, Cathy Nutter of Wellington, Cindy Doerge of Wellington; her son, Robert Nutter and his wife Coni of Wichita; stepdaughter, Tammi McCaulley and her husband Randall Perry of Wichita: stepson Michael McCaulley and his wife Rebecca of Wichita; fifteen grandchildren – Derek Tuttle of Richmond, Virginia, Cara Tuttle Dutil (Alex) of Washington, D.C., Cameron Christoffers of San Bruno, California, Maura Christoffers of Napa, California, Taylor Christoffers of Huntington Beach, California, Jennifer Doerge of Wellington, Daniel Doerge of Lawrence, Christine Doerge of Wichita, David Hattan of New York, New York, Angie Martin (Damon) of Superior, Colorado, Ty Perry (Vicki), and Jesse Perry, Stacy Bordon, Magie Perry, Ross McCaulley, and Conner McCaulley, all of Wichita; nine great-grandchildren - Carter and Natalie Burnett of Wellington, Tucker and Meadow Martin of Superior, Colorado, Tristin and Trinity Perry, Caleb Perry, Hayden and Heather Borden, of Wichita; and nephews Chris Mitchell, Ron Mitchell, and Jason Uhrich; and her large A&W family.
Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26th at First United Methodist Church in Wellington with Reverend William Wingfield of Calvary Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 25, at Shelley Family Funeral Home from 12:00 until 7:00, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 until 7:00. A memorial has been established with the Kansas Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.