Vivian Rogene Gogel Gordon passed away peacefully on April 8, 2023, after suffering from the effects of dementia for several years. Even as she dealt with the pain she had, she still expressed her love to her family and caregivers and remained happy.
Vivian was born to Lester Harrison Gogel and Alice Willson Gogel on June 24, 1925, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She lived the first 17 years of her life with her family in the oil fields in Calpet, Wyoming. She went to school in LaBarge, Wyoming, through 10th grade. She went to 11th grade in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Her family moved to Sandy, Utah, in 1942, and she graduated from Jordan High School. After graduation, she worked at Salt Lake Hardware.
She married her lifelong friend, Thomas K. Gordon in 1947. They had two children, and she was a stay-at-home mom until 1970, when she went to work for Jordan School District as a school secretary. She worked at Sandy Elementary, Crescent Elementary, and East Sandy Elementary, before retiring in 1987. During the years she was a stay-at-home mom, she served as PTA President and was very involved in the lives of her children. Tom passed away January 20, 2005.
Mom was a very thoughtful and caring person. She was always making gifts and giving them to friends and acquaintances, and she never missed giving birthday and holiday gifts to her family. She did beautiful handwork until macular degeneration took away her ability to see to do her hobbies. She knitted, crocheted, made all kinds of plastic canvas decorations and gifts, and made beautiful projects with counted cross-stitch. Everyone she knew, from close friends to waiters and waitresses in restaurants, had a “cross in my pocket” or “hug” that she’d made from plastic canvas. Mom loved ice cream! Next time you have a “little dish of ice cream” (that’s not so little), think of Mom.
She had a strong faith in God and was a longtime member of the Lutheran Church in different congregations in the Salt Lake Valley. She was currently a member at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Riverton, Utah.
Vivian is survived by her daughter Carol Delliskave (Ralph, Jr.); her son Michael Gordon (Jacquie), and her sister, Betty Lloyd. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Kristi LaMont (Juan Enriquez), Ben Delliskave (Jill), and Tyler Gordon (Danielle Sullenberger); three great-granddaughters: Jade LaMont, Keira LaMont, and Teagan Delliskave; and her nieces, nephews, and extended family.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers, nurses, and staff at Auberge at Aspen Park for the outstanding care she has received for the past five years and for all the love and joy they brought to her life while she was a resident there. Thank you also to Dr. Steven Fehlauer and Debbie Quick, NP, for the excellent care they provided to Mom.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 1:00 PM at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.) Sandy.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Rooted and Growing Building Campaign at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 13249 South Redwood Road, Riverton, UT, 84065.
Sending each of you loads of prayers for comfort and support. Vi was the life of the party, one who loved to laugh and tease. May your memories always surround your hearts and give you comfort. God's blessings with you all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
Dear Carol, Jr., Mike Jaquie and Family.
Jus t a little no te to tell you how sorry I am for the Passing of Vivian. I send my love and sympatjy to all of
you. She is my loving sister and I will miss her. She was dear to my heart jus t like each of you are.
May you feel the blessing of the Lord with you at this time and always.
Love ❤️ you Vivian !!!!!! And I am glad you are where you are. You will be much happier. God Bless your soul.
We lived across the street from the Gordon family. I remember Vivian always had a project going on. She made beautiful baby booties and other items. My brothers and I send are condolences to Carol and Mike. Your Mom was a wonderful lady. Mina Hart
Oh Grandma was meant to come into my life. She was always keeping me on my toes and my partner in crime in activities. We would always be together when we would be out on an adventure “well because I had to push her in her wheelchair” That made us become so close. I would love to listen to her stories about her past. She would tell you about the valley and what it use to look like on scenic drives. Going to the Puppy Barn was one of our favorite places to go. I would have to search her for a hidden puppy she would try to smuggle out lol 😂 our other favorite was the Rowley’s Red Barn in Santaquin because they had ice cream 🍦 we would get a huge bowl and enjoy every bite 😋 I know you are at peace and with the love of your life. You will be missed.
I will always love you Grandma!! Thank you for bringing your wonderful daughter into my life 💝 ❤️