A letter of recommendation from Vice Admiral Sir Cameron Rusby, KCB, MVO:
“July 1982. To Whom It May Concern,
Petty Officer Vivian Irene Cobb served as my Flag Writer and social secretary from February 1980 until July 1982.
Petty Officer Cobb uses her considerable intelligence, determination, loyalty and commonsense to excellent effect, combining these attributes with a cheerful, outgoing personality, ensuring that the job gets done in the most efficient, but always pleasant, way. Her dedication and hard work have been of an estimable value, and her depth of knowledge and assiduous attention to detail have combined to produce a highly creditable and extremely effective performance.
Her unusual assignment has required Petty Officer Cobb to deal with senior officers of many nations on a daily basis, and in doing so she has made excellent use of her natural charm and courteous manner. She has shown initiative and great intuition in making the detailed arrangements for the many official entertainments which form a part of her work, and supreme dedication and carrying out shorthand, typing and many other task which fall to her in my very busy office. She subordinates her own interests to the requirements of the task at hand, has coped admirably in a demanding and unusual job with the minimum of supervision, and as shown herself to be a thoroughly able Yeoman. She pursues high standards and is not afraid of counseling her subordinates (taking them to task when necessary). She is an extremely hard working and resourceful young lady and would be a valued asset in any organisation in which the quality is high of described are required.
I count myself extremely fortunate to have had her support, as also does my wife with whom she enjoyed a close and always friendly relationship. I wish Vicki Cobb all the continuing success she’s so undoubtedly deserves.
Cameron Rusby, Vice Admiral
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic”
Vivian Irene Cobb, 68, died peacefully in her home, surrounded by family, after a brief battle with cancer.
Born in 1953 and raised all over, she worked briefly for the EPA before joining the Navy near the end of The Vietnam War. After serving in the USN 13 years, she worked for the USPS until retirement.
She lived a life of service, at work and at home. She fed every child and adult, with a smile on her face. She loved cooking for her family while relaxing with an old black and white movie, her cats, and a good bottle of wine.
She was pre-deceased by her mother Joann McKinnon (neé Martin) and her stepfather William McKinnon.
She is survived by her daughter Jessica Cobb, son-in-law William Armstrong III, and grandson William Armstrong IV.
She is survived by her brother, Aubrey Eugene Cobb and her sis-in-love LaFern.
She is survived by every stray child, battered woman, or wayward adult who was brought into her home and given heartfelt advice, a good meal, and a safe place to sleep.
She is survived by Sharon and Phillip’s daughter Julie, and Julie’s son Xavier.
While a funeral will not be held, a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date, in accordance with her wishes. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Animal Resources of Tidewater (ART) or your local animal rescue group.