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Joshua Mortuary & Joshua Memorial Park

808 East Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA

OBITUARY

Vivian Barr McEldowney

May 18, 1925December 28, 2019

Vivian Barr McEldowney, 94, passed away in Lancaster on Saturday, December 28, 2019, of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born on May 18, 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland, to parents Arthur and Edith (Gosnell) Coleman. An Antelope Valley resident for over 65 years, she moved to Edwards AFB with her husband and two young children in 1954, and to Lancaster in 1957.

She led a full and active life. As a young mother, she volunteered with the PTA, made clothing and dance costumes, decorated birthday cakes, and led the church youth choir and scout troops. She worked as a bookkeeper for construction companies and the Accounting Office of the Lancaster School District, and as an Avon Lady. For many years, she served as Financial Secretary and Church Secretary for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and volunteered at Antelope Valley Hospital.

She loved music, played piano, and sang in choirs from age 5 to 90, including the Lancaster Senior Center Happy Singers. She enjoyed ballroom and square dancing, as well as crafting and needlework. She traveled all over the country with her first husband and all over the world with her second, taking 47 cruises and numerous other trips. She loved animals, and her cat Mindy provided great comfort in recent years.

Vivian is survived by daughter Linda Quinby and son-in-law Dave, Carlsbad, CA; loving partner Darrell Montgomery and family, Lancaster, CA; daughter-in-law Susan Barr and family, Lancaster, CA; nieces Audrey Spates, Charleston, SC; Janet Gray, Fairfield, CA; and Deborah Horton, Las Cruces, NM, to whom she was “Aunt-phibian;” and special stepdaughter Tina McEldowney, Moriarty, NM. She was predeceased by first husband Fay Barr in 1971, second husband Charles “Casey” McEldowney in 2011, sister Doris Dixon in 2016, and son Gary Barr in 2017.

Memorial service will be held at Joshua Memorial Park and Mortuary (44607 Challenger Way, Lancaster) at 10 am on Tuesday, January 21. www.joshuamortuary.com

Services

21 January

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary

808 East Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93535

21 January

Graveside Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary

808 East Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93535

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Susan Montgomery

January 10, 2020

Vivian and Darrell enjoyed 6 years together as loving partners. They enjoyed singing, dancing, eating, and traveling together. Vivian and Darrell helped each other through a very difficult time after they had each lost spouses the year before. They became inseparable and loved each other to the day she passed. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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