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Vivian R. Gould 1924-2017

February 7, 2017
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Vivian R. Gould of Emmetsburg is Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo will officiate.

Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Vivian Ruth Gould, daughter of Walter R. and Eula (Miles) Smith, was born April 1, 1924 near Ruthven. She attended country school near Ruthven and then Seneca Community School in Seneca, where she graduated.

Following high school, Vivian went to Greenville, IL where she attended college for one year and later attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.

On Aug. 16, 1947 Vivian was united in marriage to Galen Gould in Swea City. They made their home in Cherokee, and then moved to Tucson, AZ in 1953. They returned to Iowa in 1954 and lived in Swea City until 1959 when they moved to Emmetsburg.

Vivian continued working on her Bachelors Degree, completing it at the age of 54 after many weekend, summer and night classes. She taught in the area and substitute taught at the Emmetsburg Catholic School.

She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church and Church Circle. Vivian was also a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Emmetsburg. After her retirement, Vivian did a lot of volunteering at the Palo Alto County Hospital in many capacities. She was a great supporter of the hospital. She loved quilting and was a member of the quilters group in Emmetsburg.

Vivian passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg, at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Galen; a son, Roger Gould; a grandson, Troy Gould; sisters, Mary Jean Smith and Marjorie Smith Heinselman; and brothers, Walter Smith, Jr., Richard Smith and Art Smith.

She is survived by her children, Don Gould of Woodburn, OR and Jan Gould of Portland, OR; daughter-in-law, Cindy Gould of Ames; two grandchildren, Shawn (Kristin) Gould of Eureka, CA and Brian (Julie) Gould of Ames; five great grandchildren, Brittany and Alexandria Durst, Vivian, Burton and Violet Gould; one great-great granddaughter, Ila Durst; brothers, Jim (Betty) Smith of Swea City, Luverne (Judy) Smith of Swea City, and Harley Smith of Tahlequah, OK.

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