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September 1999 | Provo, Utah
OBITUARY: Vivia Louise Davies Johnson, 78, passed away on Sept. 28, 1999, in the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Provo, Utah, from complications associated with heart failure. She was born Jan. 19, 1921, in Provo to Charles Hyrum Davies and Charlotte Marie Bush. She grew up on a farm where her home is still located. Her mother instilled a love of handwork, such as crocheting and knitting, which she did professionally in her later years. She attended Lincoln Grade School, Lincoln Junior High, Brigham Young High School and Brigham Young University. Music was an important part of her life. She played the cello in school orchestras, the BYU Symphony Orchestra and numerous string quartets. She began piano lessons at an early age and was an organist or pianist for church meetings most of her life. Other ardent interests included gardening, canning, traveling and caring for the needs of her family. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to her music positions, she was a teacher and visiting teacher. One of her cherished callings was as a worker in the Provo Temple. She married Charles F. Johnson on May 3, 1940, in Nephi, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Provo LDS Temple in 1989. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1987. She is survived by sons: David (Barbara) Johnson, Draper, Utah; Daniel (Bonnie) Johnson of Springerville, Ariz.; Michael Johnson, Provo; and daughters: Annette Willey, Farmington, Utah; Patricia (John) Hendrix, Orem; and Charlotte Johnson, Provo; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Afton Atkinson. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, five sisters, a daughter, a grandson and a granddaughter.