Vivian E. Mendoza

April 6, 1939February 15, 2013

Vivian E. (Bowden) Mendoza, 73 years old, of Westbrook, ME died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.

Vivian was born in Portland, ME on April 6, 1939 to the late Virgil and Aldona (Doucette) Bowden. She grew up in Portland, and attended school there. For many years Vivian worked for Porteous, Mitchell & Braun Department Store and then H&R Block; however her greatest and most rewarding job was that of being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Family was the most important aspect of Vivian’s life. She loved the family parties and picnics, celebrating the holiday seasons together, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Together with her husband Jose and daughters, they enjoyed traveling the world. From Hawaii, to the Philippines, and Vegas to Prince Edward Island, Vivian was able to see much of what life had to offer and cherish memories with close family and friends. Vivian loved to take photographs of all her adventures to share with everyone and loved to discover her family roots. She enjoyed playing Pokeno with her friends, and was a very active communicant of St. Anthony’s Church in Westbrook, always finding time to assist with church fairs, picnics and dances.

Vivian is survived by her loving husband of over 54 years Jose S. Mendoza Jr. of Westbrook; their daughters, Bonnie Jensen and her husband Mark of Falmouth, Brenda Caron and her husband Mark of Windham, Karen Foster and her husband Daniel of Raymond, Tammy Gilman and her husband Peter of Windham; nine grandchildren, Naomi, Nicole, Amanda, Eric, Justine, Kyle, Emily, Michael, and Anna and soon to be great-granddaughter Leanna. Also surviving is a sister Diane Bradley, and six brothers, Joe, Vernon, David, Morris, Larry and Terry.

A period of visitation for Vivian and her family will be held this Thursday, February 21st from 5 to 7 PM at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland, ME. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial for Vivian will be held on Friday the 22nd at St. Anthony R.C. Church, 268 Brown St. Westbrook, ME. Committal services will be held in the spring of 2013.

Vivian’s family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the staff at the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Hospice of Southern Maine for the endless care and support over the last few months. In lieu of flowers, Vivian has requested to have memorials sent to:

Cure Pancreatic Cancer The Lustgarten Foundation 1111 Stewart Avenue Bethpage, NY 11714

Hospice of Southern Maine 180 US Route One #1 Scarborough, ME 04074

Care for Vivian and her family has been entrusted to the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland, ME.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 21, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 22, 2013

Vivian E. Mendoza

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August 22, 2013

Sadly I am just now hearing the news of Mrs. Mendoza's passing. You all lived two houses down from us on Pilgrim Road and I was friends mostly with Tammy and my sister Theresa with Karen and Brenda. Mrs. Mendoza was one of the sweetest woman I know and always greeted you with a smile. I am very saddened for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace now and dancing with the angels. Many blessings are sent your way from my family to yours. Lisa (Stepnick) Capote

Kim Malomay (Lopez)

May 6, 2013

Mr. Mendoza and girls, just wanted to let you all know how deeply sorry we are my mom ( lorraine malomay)and family members. Mom was just telling me in one of her conversations a few months back it was a joy seeing Vivian at our reunion in July of 2004. We ( Michael,Katriz,mom, and myself) had flown to Maine to meet about 30 people we Had not seen in about 35 years, mom and Vivian were talking ,telling stories of the children when they were younger caughting up on both their lives in was nice.she will be missed.

Nene Mendoza

February 23, 2013

Vivian will always be remembered. Her life was well lived. Our hearts are filled with wonderful memories. She will surely be missed.
From my family in the Philippines and in California our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Nene Mendoza

Margie Doucette

February 22, 2013

To all of the Bowden-Mendoza Family,
We extend our sincere condolences on the loss of our dear loved one.
First cousins in P.E.I. Canada
Margie and Sylvia Doucette Aunt Aldona and our father Alphonse were brother and sister. She remains in our thoughts and prayers.
The Doucettes

Lisa Durant

February 22, 2013

So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. The photos are beautiful I saved some on a jump drive for Mom and I will print then off for her. (Vivian Durant)

With love your cousin Lisa Durant
Summerside, PE Canada

Steve Lovering

February 21, 2013

Brenda Mark and Family,

So sorry for your loss and my deepest sympathies to you all. Please remember to hold all the good memories close and that time heals all things. In the coming days I know you will find her pop up in many things you do and you should embrace them.

Patti and Tony Ellsworth

February 21, 2013

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of Vivian. She was such a beautiful person. She will be remembered for her tenderness. May the memories of your life with her help to heal your hearts.

Greg Champagne

February 20, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss, Bonnie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Wendy Coppersmith

February 20, 2013

Sorry for your loss. I worked with Vivian in Porteous and she was such a lovely person to talk and to work with she was such a lovely person she will be missed.
Wendy Coppersmith

Joy Malier

February 19, 2013

Tammy and Family,
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Joy Malier