Vivian MacEachern

Obituary of Vivian Kathleen MacEachern

Vivian passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 26th. As an interesting note, prior to her passing she was the oldest known living woman in Santa Cruz County. She was a longtime resident of Santa Cruz County. She was born in Nova Scotia eventually moving to Newfoundland, Canada. She emigrated to the United States in the early 1950’s. Being busy as a wife, mother and working in the hospitality industry there was a delay in doing so, but in 1980 she became a naturalized United States Citizen. Being proud of this accomplishment and gaining the right to vote she never missed casting her ballot in every following election. Also, in the early 1950’s while living in Palm Springs she met and married Everett MacEachern. Coincidently, they both at the time learned that they grew up a short distance from each other in Nova Scotia and or Newfoundland.

Two children were born of the marriage. A son, Michael MacEachern and a daughter, Cathe MacEachern. Vivian and her newlywed husband moved to Santa Cruz County in 1955. She always referred to this area as her paradise. She raised her children to adulthood here. And then with the untimely passing of her husband, Everett, she moved to the Palm Springs area to rekindle contact with Canadian family and friends. She also spent many pleasant years in the Palm Springs area. As she grew older she moved back to her paradise in Santa Cruz County. As said earlier, she was preceded in death by her husband Everett. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Cathe, who was a courageous cancer victim. Vivian is survived by many, many relatives and friends as well as her son Michael of Huatulco, Mexico. Her late daughter Cathe married Jay Ganly. From that marriage came Vivian’s grandchildren including granddaughter Danielle Fry and her husband Geoff of Virginia; grandson Kieran Ganly of Aptos, California; grandson Ryan Ganly and his wife Natalia of Camp Pendleton providing Vivian with her only great-grandson, Colton, age 4. She claimed all family members of her son-in-law Jay as her adopted family.

Vivian was a kind, gracious and great lady who was full of love for all. She will be remembered and missed by all of those who loved her. Recently, a 105th birthday celebration was held in her honor. A great number of family and friends shared this celebration with her. Some from two foreign countries and numerous states. She was a very popular girl! Therefore, because of her birthday event it was her wish that no further services would be held. Vivian, mom and grandma, we all know you are going home and will rest in peace.

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