Vivian Fay Taylor Lovaas, a genuine Alaska pioneer, community and political activist and collector of antiques, art and all Alaskana, passed away Aug. 28, 2010 at her Seattle residence.
Vivian was the third child of Henry and Edith Taylor. Born in Port Angeles, Wash., she was raised on a homestead farm in nearby Joyce, Wash. Married young to Leo Lynch (also deceased) and the mother of their three children, she divorced and moved to Seattle, where she worked as a loan supervisor for Seattle 1st Bank. She was the first woman appointed to be a Federal Reserve depositor.
After marrying Lloyd Lovaas, a marriage lasting 54 years, they traveled to several areas with the Army. The territory of Alaska was number one in their hearts.
During the 4 1/2 years in Alaska originally, Vivian worked for the Territorial Department of Health and Welfare. She also established the first Cub Scout den in Juneau with boys from St. Ann's School.
A five-year stay in Paris gave her a chance to travel around Europe. Later, they were stationed in Augusta, Ga., before returning to Alaska. After settling into her Juneau home, Vivian enjoyed gardening, bottle-digging, garage-saling and volunteering at the Historical Museum.
Vivian was predeceased by her parents; a sister Frances; a brother Jesse; husband Lloyd; daughter Darlene (Lynch) Vavalis; son Doug Lynch; and granddaughter Cindy Fijalka.
Surviving family members include a sister, Dody Kooistra of Everett, Wash.; daughter Karen (Lynch) Fijalka (Jim) of Las Vegas and Seattle; son John G. Vavalis, Jr., of Juneau; eight grandchildren, Danny Vavalis (Amber) of Juneau; Dee Williams of Lacey, Wash.; Timber Vavalis (Debbie) of Palmer; Cheri Vavalis Renner Kutch (Frank) of Leesburg, Fla.; Ron Vavalis of Juneau; George Fijalka of Las Vegas; Heidi Fijalka Eastwood (Wally) of Las Vegas; Edie Fijalka Blank (Matt) of Phoenix; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
A summer 2011 Juneau memorial will be planned.