Vivian Loren, of Kirkland, Washington, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 2, 2011. She was 89 years old.
A GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.
Born Vivian Audrey Larson in Grasston, Minnesota on September 23, 1921 to Gilbert and Esther Larson. She lived a life, by her own account, filled with wonderful people, love, opportunity and experiences that she would never have imagined for herself. Most of her years growing up she spent in her beloved town of Braham, Minnesota where her father managed the Land-O-Lakes creamery. She attended Augsberg College in Minneapolis where she majored in English, minored in music and was Homecoming Queen. Music was always a big part of her life. She loved to play the piano and music always played in the background where ever she lived. After teaching English for a few years, she married Gordon Loren in 1947. Together they raised three children. Steven born 1948, Kathryn born 1949 and Stuart born 1954. Vivian and Gordon lived in many places across the country because of Gordon’s career as a Lutheran minister. She was so grateful for the experiences that each place provided and for how much her world expanded. This continued on in her later years when she traveled with friends and family to the Middle East and much of Europe. Her last few years were spent at Kirkland Lodge Assisted Living in Kirkland, Washington where she was very thankful for her friends and the staff, despite her growing physical losses. Throughout her life many have shared their feelings and concerns with her because she was a safe person to talk to, who valued and cared for each person’s life experiences. Vivian is preceded in death by her husband Gordon, her brothers Gerald and Roger Larson and survived by her sister Shirley, her three children Stuart and wife Carolyn, Kathryn and husband Gary Jepsen and Steven and wife Leslie, five grandchildren and five great grand children. Her deep faith in God has nourished and guided her throughout her life along with her strong feeling that “the purpose of my life is my family”. Services to be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 1pm at Columbia Funeral Home, 4567 Rainier Ave S, Seattle 98118. Graveside Services will be on Wednesday, September 14 at 1pm at Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham, Minnesota. Family suggests donations to Evergreen Hospice.