Vivian Pauline Wilkins, 79, SSA claim supervisor

September 02, 2004

Vivian Pauline Wilkins, a retired Social Security Administration claim supervisor, died of complications from a stroke Aug. 25 at Ruxton Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pikesville. She was 79.

Vivian Pauline Rayford was born and raised in Roanoke, Va. She moved to Baltimore in 1942 to work as a keypunch operator for the Social Security Administration.

In 1945, she enrolled at West Virginia State College and studied for three years before returning to Baltimore in 1948 and taking a job as an administrative supervisor at Fort Meade. She returned to SSA in 1958, where she worked as a claims supervisor until her retirement in 1980.

In 1949, she married Rudolph Wilkins. Her husband, a Baltimore police lieutenant, died in 1974.

Mrs. Wilkins lived on Bentalou Street for many years until moving to Sutton Place Apartments in 2002. She enjoyed going to the Pimlico and Atlantic City racetracks.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Roanoke.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a brother, Lewis W. Rayford Sr. of Bowie; a sister, Lorraine A. Callahan of Baltimore; and five nieces and three nephews.

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