Vivian W. Gargan, 85, a former longtime Baker City resident, died May 15, 2005, at her home in Caldwell, Idaho.

Her funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Rev. Lewis Hank Albrecht of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Vivian was born Oct. 24, 1919, at Portland to Alfred and Hilja Johanna Taskinen Dening. Vivian was raised in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School. She married James F. Gargan on Oct. 22, 1949, in Baker City. The couple raised five sons.

Vivian was a member of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City, and a longtime member of the St. Francis Altar Society.

She lived a very private life, and loved the outdoors and farm living. She enjoyed painting, and on Friday afternoons shopping and having coffee and dessert with her sister, Juanita, and friends.

Vivian is survived by her sons: Bruce and his wife, Shelley, of Caldwell; Greg and his wife, Lacy, of Seattle; Michael and his wife, Natania, of Okinawa, Japan; Thomas of Boise; and Richard of Baker City; her sister, Juanita Wright of Baker City; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon in care of Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 23, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor