Vivian (Wendy) Culin died in Louisville, Ky. on July 12. She was 96.

Vivian Wendeborn was born on Sept. 1, 1922 in Portland, Ore. As a child she enjoyed sports and playing the ukulele, and developed a taste for adventure. After high school she climbed Mount Hood and then moved to New York to be with her sister, Ellie. While working in New York, Vivian received the nickname Wendy and met her future husband, fellow Oregonian and architect, Nembhard (Nem) Culin.

She was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. The four Culin children grew up in a home Nem designed and built in White Plains, N.Y. She sang her children to sleep and organized yearly trips, camping from Maine to North Carolina or traveling to the West Coast.

In 1968, Wendy and Nem journeyed around the world in 60 days. Adventures recorded in Wendy’s journal or captured by Nem’s watercolors include a houseboat stay in the Vale of Kashmir and a visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

They retired to Martha’s Vineyard in 1973, where together they built a solar-heated home of Nem’s design, and Wendy grew award-winning organic vegetables.

Wendy moved to Louisville in 2005, where she continued to enjoy friends, music and travel, all with a smile.

She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Nem Culin; granddaughter Sharee Culin; sister Ellis Pruess and brother Steve Rison.

She is survived by her children, Cassandra Culin of Louisville, Lenore Culin of Costa Rica, Taylor Culin of Sun City, Ariz. and Raynsford Culin of White Plains; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her family is grateful to her caretakers and the staff of Treyton Oak Towers and Hosparus.

A celebration of her life will take place at 10:30 a.m. on August 24 at First Unitarian Church in Louisville, Ky.

Contributions can be made to the Employee Fund at Treyton Oak Towers or a charity of choice.