Vivian (her name derived from her great-aunt, Vivian Vance, of “I Love Lucy” fame) grew up with her two half-brothers, Phillip and Ron Templin, as the youngest of the three children. She worked at an early age in her family owned consumer electronics business while attending school in Camarillo, California, where she talked of having great fun with her friends the “rainbows” drinking Coca-Cola and cruising around. She also took up surfing for a hobby. She graduated from high school there and worked in a locally owned drugstore for a short time.
Vivian chose to work in retail sales, a business which she loved. Moving to Salt Lake City in 1986, she traveled by auto throughout the western United States selling candies for Russell Stover. It was that job that brought her to Moab, Utah, in 1991, where she was offered a job managing Walker Drug by Mr. Jack Walker, a man she greatly admired and who would become like a father to her.
Walker Drug was how most people in our community came to know and love Vivian; she enjoyed her work there immensely and quickly became the face of that local enterprise. She greeted customers with a smile and was always helpful and cheerful and seemed to have a special knack for engaging in conversation, no matter how busy she was at the time. Her duties there included traveling to buying shows, which she enjoyed for the chance to meet new people and nourish long-held professional relationships. She will be badly missed there by coworkers and customers alike.
Vivian also worked at various local restaurants in Moab, where her gregarious and outgoing personality brought her fast friends from all over the world. She also loved to travel and would vacation around the world, shunning the usual for the unusual every chance she had. She was well known for her ability to easily transcend social barriers.
She bought a motorcycle and took trips around the region, usually alone. Vivian was a trusting soul and would pick up a hitchhiker any day of the week. She gave everybody the benefit of the doubt and her instinct was to jump in with both feet.
Of course, she loved animals and at one time owned four horses that she was proud to ride every day. Dogs sensed her kind spirit and offered her playfulness and love; she had several over the years. Her kind heart led her to foster several children in her home when the need arose, and provided her some measure of maternal satisfaction, which she cherished.
Vivian, however, longed for a deep, meaningful relationship, and that had eluded her throughout the years. In the fall of 2015 she asked a casual acquaintance if he would like to hike his dogs with hers. This led quickly to a courtship and love. I, Mr. Richard Leech, asked for her hand in marriage after only four months of a wonderful and simple romance, on Christmas morning 2015 (she was a hopeless Christmastime romantic). Married forevermore on May 28, 2016, we began our life together in holy matrimony. Our life was full of love and happiness, never arguing or dissatisfied with each other, our thoughts and our actions always reflecting concern for the other’s desires and wishes.
Both of us were surprised by the sudden depth of our love for each other. Both of us wondering if the end of the honeymoon period would ever come. It didn’t. One could never find a more devoted, loving wife. She was all that I had hoped for, but given up as unattainable. She expressed these same feelings about me many times. Both of us had waited our whole lives for Mr./Mrs. Right. Vivian was not a wallflower though, and she had true grit.
One source of her strength was the LDS religion, which she came to on her own volition at an early age. She carried these beliefs through to her adulthood, which provided her with comfort and support in life’s trials, along with her many friends who will miss her greatly.
She is survived by her father, who loved her dearly; and two brothers; her mother having passed in 2012.
One of her favorite sayings was “Life will go on.” So it shall my Love, but much diminished for all. Goodbye sweetheart. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Moab LDS Stake Center. A viewing will be held at Spanish Valley Mortuary on Friday, July 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. and two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com