Ruth Pereira peacefully passed away at 7:12pm on September
11, 2017, in Highland, UT at the age of 93. She is survived
by her husband, John Pereira, daughter and son-in-law, Susan
and Mark Cluff, and son and daughter-in-law, Philip and
Linda Pereira. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and
11 great grandchildren.
In Vivian’s early years, she was born in Utah, and
with her family, traveled to many states for her father’s
employment. She eventually came to California, where she
got a job as a PBX operator. She loved her family and work,
and was always very elegant.
Vivian and John met, fell in love in 1949, and married
in 1950. He was the love of her life, and their lives were
filled with happiness and joy. They have 2 children, 8 grandchildren
and 11 great grandchildren. Vivian knew them all and made
sure each was always remembered at every holiday. A card
arrived for everyone, with sentiments of love and well wishes.
Vivian was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother,
great grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. All who
knew her saw her gentle, attentive nature, her perfect smile,
vast array of talents, and her dedication and faith in Jesus
Christ. She was loved by many who remained in contact with
her throughout her life. In every nook and cranny was a
card sent by someone who loved her, reminding her always
of the love of her dear family and friends.
Of the many talents Vivian had, sewing was her favorite.
Each stitch was perfect, and each garment was a piece of
art. She was creative and clever in what she made, whether
it was something for her, John, her children, or costumes
for shows. She was praised for her designs, and was always
elegant in her gowns. She was the epitome of class, beautiful
and stylish, and was perfect from head to toe.
Everyone who was privileged to eat one her desserts was
immediately hooked. She had unique recipes that her grandchildren
and great grandchildren still make and talk about. Her rolls
were her pride and joy and many have loved making her recipe!
You couldn’t come to her home without enjoying something
she had freshly baked. Cookies or cake were always at the
ready, and if you didn’t take one, you eventually
regretted it and gave in. Despite the enjoyment of her own
goodies, she somehow managed to keep her beautiful figure
throughout her life.
Vivian was a graceful, loving woman who managed to cope
with physical difficulties as her life drew on. She survived
breast cancer, and had difficulties in her later years with
unrelenting pain. She always kept her faith in God, and
repeated her favorite scriptures to keep her spirits up
and her faith strong. She always said she wanted to live
to be 100, but as time began to take its toll on her physical
body, she gave up that goal. Her fortitude in living 93
years is still a testament to her determination and stamina,
and her desire to fill the full measure of her life.
Vivian is dearly loved and will be missed by all. Like
the beautiful red roses she so dearly loved, she, too was
beautiful, and unique, and stunning in every way.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September
15, 2017 at the Lehi 36th LDS Ward Chapel, 1631 East 900
North, Lehi, Utah. Family and friends may call from 9:30
to 10:30 am on Friday at the church prior to services. Interment
will be at the Utah Veteran’s Memorial Park Cemetery
in Bluffdale, Utah.
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