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Vivian Evelyn Harper Pope, 89, a resident of Gooding, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Courtyard at Jamestown Assisted Living in Provo, Utah.
Vivian was born in Pikeville, Wayne County, North Carolina on November 26, 1928. Her parents were William Walter Harper and Alma Aycock Harper. As a young child she lived in Nuhunta, North Carolina where she graduated from high school.
During her high school years, she played a multitude of sports including softball and basketball. As a sophomore she started to drive the school bus. She was the first female to pass the driving test and join five other males in transporting local students.
After high school Vivian attended East Carolina Teacher College before going on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northwestern States Mission.
After completing her mission, she lived in Salt Lake City with her sister, Lavina.
On December 27, 1954, she married Clive Arden Pope in the Logan Temple. They lived in Wyoming for a few years. In 1961 Vivian and Clive took their growing family to Gooding, Idaho where they raised their children including: Arden, ViAnn, Cole, Donna, Clark, Gail, Verl, and Ryle.
Vivian was proud of her roots in North Carolina and her four sisters and brother. She learned to love Gooding and was always delighted to show visitors the community, the farmland, and the surrounding area. Vivian loved her neighbors and her many friends. She was happiest when she could share vegetables or flowers from her garden.
Vivian was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served the Church in many capacities. Clive and Vivian served a Church mission in 2002.
Vivian’s children are so grateful to extended family, neighbors, friends, health care providers, the Gooding community, and others for their love and kindness.
A viewing for family and friends will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel and on Saturday from 10:00 am until service time at the church.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Gooding.
Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding.