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Obituary for Vivian Beatrice Budvarson Wilhite

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Vivian Beatrice Budvarson Wilhite

November 19, 1924 - May 18, 2015

Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, Vivian Beatrice Budvarson Wilhite passed away surrounded by family on May 18, 2015. Vivian was born on November 19, 1924 in San Diego, California to Gunnar Budvarson and Beatrice Joyce Pritchett Budvarson.  Mom spent many of her early years in Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah during the Depression where she learned to love her pioneer heritage and her Icelandic ancestors.

Vivian graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego, California where she was on the drill team.  She married her sweetheart, Billy Junior Wilhite on October 19, 1943 in the Mesa Arizona Temple.

Through the years Vivian has served as a PTA President, Relief Society President, Den Leader, Golden Gleaner, Mutual and Primary Teacher, and President of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers of her Camp.  She also donated time for the San Diego Health Clinic.  Quilt making, genealogy and writing family histories were her passions.  Mom returned to school and graduated from Diablo Valley College as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1972.

Bill and Vivian served a full time Welfare Service Mission that included Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand.  They were able to tour the country of Iceland, as Mom was so proud of her Icelandic heritage.  They were temple workers for three different temples.  They lived in California for 44 years before moving to Utah.

Vivian is survived by her sons:  David (Dorothy) Wilhite, Ogden; and James (Joy) Wilhite, Red Bluff; 23 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brothers: Richard Budvarson (Coeur d’Alene) and Glenn Lee Budvarson (San Diego).

Mom is preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 60 years, Bill; her son, John (Nancy) Wilhite; daughter, Beatrice (Charles III) Watson; and granddaughter Jaime Wilhite.

The family would like to thank both The Gardens and Manor Care in Ogden for their respectful service of Mom while she was in their care.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:00 am at the LDS Church, 2400 Alta Canyon Dr., Sandy, Utah. A Viewing will be held at the church just prior to services from 9:30 to 10:45 am.

Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 10600 South 1700 East, Sandy, Utah.

Services under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

2400 Alta Canyon Dr., Sandy, Utah

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

2400 Alta Canyon Dr., Sandy, Utah

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

10600 South 1700 East, Sandy, Utah.


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Born: November 19, 1924
Died: May 18, 2015

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