Vivian Grace Bowns

Female 1921 - 2005


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  • Born  6 Mar 1921  Castle Gate, Carbon, UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  2 Aug 2005  St. George, Washington, UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • St. George, Ut - Vivienne Grace Bowns Brown died in St. George on August 2, 2005, from natural causes, at the age of 84.
      Grace was born Castle Gate, Utah, March 6, 1921, the daughter of William James Bowns and Mette Marie Peterson Bowns.
      She spent her early years in Castle Gate where she learned to play the piano and started her life-long church music career by accompanying the Primary at age ten.
      Her family moved to Santa Barbara, California, in 1936 and to Glendale, California in 1937 where she graduated from Glendale High School.
      After attending Glendale Community College for two years, Grace enrolled at the LDS Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1943 as a Registered Nurse.
      She used her nursing training as an office nurse to a pediatrician and as member of the nursing staff at several hospitals in California and Utah.
      Her friends and relatives often called on her knowledge and research skills for information about symptoms and medications.
      Grace married Charles Manley Brown, the son of Hugh B.
      Brown and Zina Young Card Brown, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on February 7, 1944 and moved with him to Jackson Heights, New York, where he was copilot with American Airlines.
      They moved to Glendale at the end of WWII so he could continue his college education.
      They subsequently lived in Salt Lake City, Glendale, California, Wiesbaden, Germany for two years in the 60's, and finally retired in St.
      George in 1985.
      Grace studied piano under several teachers, including a concert pianist in Germany, and continued when she returned to the United States.
      She studied organ at the University of Southern California and Brigham Young University.
      She passed the tenth level of hymn certification and the highest level of organ proficiency offered at Brigham Young University.
      She graduated from Brigham Young University at the age of 57 and played the organ at her graduation.
      She was a member of the American Guild of Organist (AGO) from which she earned recognition as a Colleague.
      In 1995-96 she was the Dean of the Southern Utah Chapter of the AGO, which organization she served in other capacities for several years.
      Grace was a church musician for more that seventy years, serving as organist, chorister, and music chairman at both the ward and stake levels.
      She also gave many free organ and piano lessons to aspiring church pianists and organists.
      Her additional church service included" Ward Relief Society President; Relief Society teacher; Branch YWMIA president in Germany; and as a worker in the St. George LDS Temple. Since moving to St. George in 1985 Grace has presented many well-received programs in the St. George Tabernacle, as well as similar programs at Church, elsewhere in the community, and in her home.
      She served the community as a Board Member of the Southwest Symphony, in which capacity she chaired the Governor's Ball in 1989, and as a volunteer at the Dixie Care and Share.
      Grace very ably assisted her grateful husband in his professional, church, and community callings.
      One son and one daughter survive her: Hugh Bowns Brown (Marilyn), Chester, Montana, Vivienne Mary Brown Sullivan (Bruce), Sandy, Utah, 28 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
      She also is survived by on brother, George Marion Bowns, daughters-in-law Diann M.
      Brown of Moore, Oklahoma, and Sharon H.
      Brown, of Zellwood, Florida, and son-in-law Forrest King (Marsha) of Vienna, Virginia.
      She was preceded in death by her daughter, Zina Lucile Brown King, her son, Charles M.
      Brown, Jr., her son William James Brown, and her four brothers, James, William, Harold, and John Bowns.
    Person ID  I38971  Moon Anderson Family History & Genealogy
    Last Modified  12 Mar 2018 

    Father  William James Bowns,   b. 4 Oct 1883, Almy, Uinta, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1958, Glendale, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mette Marle Petersen,   b. 18 Sep 1891, Chester, Sanpete, UT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1928, Mutual, Carbon, UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Jun 1914  Price, Carbon, UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F28311  Group Sheet

    Family  Charles Manley Brown,   b. 19 Nov 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 2009, Salt Lake City, Salt lake, UT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Feb 1944  Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William james Brown,   b. 13 Mar 1949, Salt Lake City, Salt lake, UT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 2001, Hoffman Estates, Cook, ILLinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Zina Lucile Brown
     3. Charles Manley Brown, Jr.
    Family ID  F28310  Group Sheet

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