Vivian Lee Peterson
Vivian Lee Peterson has been released from that worn out shell of a body and is now out exploring the universe - probably with all of her dogs who predeceased her - on February 7, 2022. Her beloved dog Nikki and her children were there to see her off - just how she would have wanted it.
What do you say about a woman who packed up 5 children (all under the age of 8) and moved over 3,000 miles away by herself with few job prospects and even less money? About a woman who - while raising those kids - went to college full time and cleaned laundromats at night? About a woman who never even once killed any of us kids for being - well - 5 kids. Not. Even. Once! Would you say she was insane? Yes. But also, gritty and tough and brave and determined and stubbornly optimistic.
She was so proud to be the first of her family to graduate college and went on to become a teacher, realtor, business owner, and - her favorite occupation - retired. Vivian loved creating art, gardening, reading, animals of all kinds - including chickens (The coop? Has its own air conditioner. Bougie AF.). But most of all she loved her kids and grandkids. She is survived by 5 grown children (I was tempted to use the word "adult" there, but let's face it - becoming an adult was a dumb idea - you have to do things like write obituaries and bury your mom. 0/10 stars. Do not recommend.), assorted spouses and some pretty cool grandkids. Her sister (known to us 5 as our "favorite aunt") and brother-in-law, niece, nephew - and their spouses and kids. For a family of only two daughters, Sharon and Vivian sure made a grundle of family members.
Vivian blazed a 74-yr long trail of laughter, compassion and kindness and we will all miss her so very much.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary 1867 No. Fairfield Rd. with a celebration of her life following at her home in West Haven. Casual dress please - she was a very private person in life, and we are honoring that part of her by not allowing people to gawk at her in her casket - although she did pick out a sparkly red dress to be buried in - and frankly, if you can't be the star of the show at your own funeral - when can you?