Vivian McGonegal

Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Former Juneau resident Vivian Doris Malcolm McGonegal died Feb. 21, 2009, in Portland, Ore. She was 95.

Born Dec. 23, 1913, to Alec and Helen Malcolm in the Paradise Valley near Livingston, Mont., she was the couple's fourth daughter in a family of 15 brothers and sisters.

Raised on the family ranch, she knew much of hard work, but she also enjoyed life to its fullest, her family said. In 1939, she married Floyd McGonegal. Vivian and Floyd would have celebrated their 70th anniversary in September.

The couple lived in Montana and moved to Alaska in 1968. After they retired, they lived the "snowbird life" of traveling during the winter months in Arizona and then to Montana and Washington during the summers. They settled in Portland in their later years to be near their daughter and granddaughter, Wendy.

She was the family historian, recalling events and people with clarity and detail. According to her family, she had a wonderful sense of humor, a generous heart and reveled in her large family and all the offspring, especially the babies and children. She had the greatest laugh; no one who knew her would forget the sound of it, they said.

"Her infectious laugh, her kind heart, her deep love of family and friends will be missed by all who knew her," her family said.

She was preceded in death by her parents; all of her siblings; elder son, Michael McGonegal; and grandson, Timothy McGonegal.

The couple remained by their son's side until the end. Even in her grief, Vivian never gave up her hope or her faith, her family said.

She is survived her husband, Floyd McGonegal; daughter, Susan McGonegal; younger son, Kelly McGonegal and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Jim McGonegal, Wendy Boston, Melody McGonegal, Scott McGonegal, Patrick McGonegal, Matthew King, Ellie McGonegal, Rhonda McGonegal, Jamie Matheson, Ryan McGonegal and Michael McGonegal; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and their families.

She was cremated, and the family plans a memorial to her this summer to be held in Livingston, where her remains will be interred at Shorthill Cemetery in the Paradise Valley.

Donations may be made to the food bank or animal shelter of your choice.

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