Vivienne Bauder Magee

Vivienne Bauder Magee, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2014. She was surrounded by the warmth of her loving family.

She was the wife of Dr. Donald A. Magee with whom she recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Since 1979, Vivienne was the proprietress of Vivienne’s Antiques and Abundance, a gift shop in Portersville, PA.

Born Vivienne Gaye Bauder on May 21, 1934, and the daughter of Donald K. and Claribel McConahay Bauder, she was a lifelong resident of Ellwood City, PA. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School where she was a majorette for the Wolverine Marching Band. Later, she graduated from the Barbizon Modeling School in New York City. Vivienne was extremely active in community affairs and was especially involved with the Girl Scouts of America, having served as the President of the Beaver-Castle Girl Scout Council for eight years. She was instrumental in developing Canoe Trails into a nationally prominent organization for the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of America. Vivienne was a long-time member of Christ Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a Founding Member of the Town & Country Garden Club, a member of the Junior Women’s Club and a Life Member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, D.A. (Jennifer) Magee of Greenville, MS, her daughter Erin (Allen) Castner of Mendham, NJ, her daughter Vivienne Reber of Grand Rapids, MI, and her daughter Megan (Renae Brinza) Magee of Pittsburgh. In addition, she is survived by eight grandchildren: Blake Hamilton Magee of Memphis, TN, Madeline Clare Magee of Oxford, MS, Christopher Tyler Lehmann of Portland, OR, Lauren Magee Lehmann of Portland, OR, and Allen (Allison) Castner, II, Morgan Magee Castner, Chelsea Zacharias Castner, and Clayton Clare Castner, all of Mendham, NJ. Vivienne also recently met her first great-grandchild, Nathan Allen Castner of Mendham, NJ. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Bauder (Dale) Kline, her brother David (Janet) Bauder, and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald R. Bauder, and her sons-in-law, Christopher Lehmann and David Reber.

A service to celebrate Vivienne’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 6 at the Christ Presbyterian Church, 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City.Her family will receive friends at the Church prior to the service, from 10:00-11:30. Her pastor, Rev. Tod Custer will officiate. A private interment will follow the service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made in her name to the Western Pennsylvania Girl Scouts of America, 30 Isabella St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212 or to Christ Presbyterian Church, 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to

15 thoughts on “Vivienne Bauder Magee

  1. To the family of Viv – we are truely sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful and caring person. And will be greatly missed by alot of people. We have already been missing her here at The Color Center. She always made us laugh. Towards the end, when it would be really hot outside, she was always inviting us to come swim “anytime you want” were her words!!! Just know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  2. My condolences to the Magee family. The death of a dear loved one is so hard to bear. Knowing this, our loving merciful Father gave his Word to end death, pain and suffering. His love will strengthen you to endure the loss of your dear loved one. Revelation 21: 4, 5.

  3. May God grant you all pea ce and love as you remember a beautiful lady. Time will sharpen memories and soften the pain of her passing.

  4. To the family of Vivienne Magee, My deepest sympathy goes out to you, may God’s Word recorded at Psalms 18:2 comfort you during this difficult time.

  5. I have fond memories of Don and Vivienne Magee from when I was young and both my Mom & Dad and the Magees golfed at Connoquenessing Country Club. Their little children were always dressed so cute. My condolences go out to Don, the children and their families in the loss of Vivienne.

  6. D.A.
    Please give my sympathy to your Dad and the entire Magee family.
    Your mom was a very special person and she always made everyone that entered her home and business feel very special and welcomed. Please let the Lord extent that same feeling to her as she is welcomed into Heaven.
    May her fond memory live on within her family that she leaves behind.
    My prayers go out to your family,


  7. Dear Don, Erin, DA, Vivienne, Dearest Megan and family partners –
    I am sorry for your loss of your wife and mom, the outstanding Vivienne Bauder Magee.
    She was an amazing individual who affected my life in gracious and memorable ways.
    I will always remember her hearty laugh, smile and kindness to others.
    I so wish I was there with you today, but I send heartfelt condolences and know I am thinking of each of you.
    Kate McConnell

  8. I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your Mother, D.A. We truly understand death when God places His hands upon one whom we love. It’s not about just losing a person, it’s about a lifetime worth of memories yet to me made. We must always have old memories and young hopes. My thoughts and prayers continue to remain with you and your entire family.

  9. I haven’t seen her in over 60 years. I took her to her prom.
    I recall her as being adored by many and considerate to all.
    I am sure she will be missed by many.
    My heartfelt sympathy to her family and her many friends.

  10. Viv Bauder Magee and I have been friends for 65 years. We had such craziness in high school and in raising our children. Viv was one of the most generous persons I have ever known. My sympathies are with her most wonderful husband Don and her children, D.A., Erin, Vivienne, and Megan. I will miss her very much.

  11. DA and family. Sorry to hear about your Mother. I have nothing but wonderful memories of her. She was always top shelf. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Jim and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. We actually just found out. Viv was a special lady to all of Ellwood and her friends. Our Sympathy to all of you.

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