Vivian Terry Murdock
1926 ~ 2015

Vivian Murdock passed away on August 12, 2015 after a brief bout with pneumonia. Vivian was born on June 7, 1926 in Highland, Utah. She is the oldest daughter of Jacob Albert and Gertrude Vivian Merikofer.

After her family settled in American Fork, Vivian attended American Fork High and graduated in 1944. In High School she playing the French Horn and was on the student council.

Vivian married Merrill James Robinson August 23, 1943 at the start of their Senior year of High School. They had three children before their marriage ended in divorce. Vivian then moved her little family to Alpine where she meet and later married Grant Clark Terry on October 23, 1950. They became eternal companions in February 1952. Grant was the love of her life and they loved living and raising their family in Alpine. Four more children were added to the family. Grant was taken in a tragic industrial accident in October 1962, leaving Vivian struggling to raise a family of seven. To help her do so she started school at BYU.

Vivian meet Carl Murdock, who had also lost his eternal companion. They were married in August 1965 and raised his 5 and her 7 children. They were married 39 years. Vivian eventually graduated Summa Cum Laud with a BS degree in Sociology in 1975. She later studied real estate getting her license and selling for many years.

Vivian was active in the LDS church throughout her life and has been a great example to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She served in many callings in the YW, Primary, and Relief Society. She served a mission in Oakland, California with Carl Murdock.

Vivian loved to do service and volunteered at Timp Cave, AF Canyon Camp Host, Valdez Alaska Earthquake Museum, Lake Powell Trash Tracker, BYU Special Exhibits, at the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Las Vegas temple.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband Grant, father Albert, mother Gertrude, daughter Annette (Terry) Britt, son-in-law Dennis Britt, and two grandchildren Ben and Steven Marquardt.

She is survived by her sister Evelyn Wimmer (Leland), children Pat Murdock Ador (George), Merrilee Robinson Wendel (Leonard), James Robinson (Colleen), Brent Robinson (Coila), Denis Murdock, Jenny Andersen (Allen), Carla Murdock Marquardt (Steve), LaVon Terry Wilson (Dan), Gary Murdock (Debbie), Tina Murdock Hummel (Greg), Nathan Terry, Kenny Murdock (Yara), Curtis Terry (Jen). She has 47 grandchildren, 119 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Alpine 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 890 North Heritage Hills Drive, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the church and again on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to services. Interment will take place at the Alpine City Cemetery.

 

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