Vivien Gardner Hannon
Under the bright
full moon of January 12, 2017, Vivien Gardner Hannon died peacefully
at home with her daughters by her side.
Vivien is survived
by three children and their spouses: Bruce and Jane Hannon of
Steamboat Springs, CO, Elizabeth and Thomas Reichard of Ipswich, and
Christine Hannon of Northampton; grand-children Sean Hannon, Matthew
Hannon, Christopher Reichard, Ann Hannigan and Sarah Macek and their
spouses; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Her
husband John W. Hannon, Jr, brothers Robert L. Gardner and George G.
Gardner, and several nieces and nephews predeceased her.
Vivien lived a full
and active life. She was born on October 12, 1920 in Irondequoit,
NY, to Marion Gunson Gardner and George Liddell Gardner. Vivien
attended St Lawrence University (BA, 1943) where she met her
husband, John (BA, 1944). They married in July 1944 when John had a
short leave from the Air Force and settled in New Jersey. Vivien
played tennis and bridge regularly and was honored with a lifetime
membership in the Girl Scouts for serving as troop leader, council
member and more. She was an avid reader and knitter, casual piano
player and wonderful singer.
Vivien and John moved to Seven Lakes, NC, with old friends nearby
and golf year round. After John’s death, Viv moved to Boulder, CO,
close to her son, three grandsons and four great grandchildren. In
2014, Vivien moved to Ipswich to be near her daughters,
granddaughters and four more great grandchildren. At the Residence
at Riverbend, Vivien was known for faithfully attending exercise
classes, taking daily walks and challenging anyone to a game of
From age 15 on,
Vivien was devoted to Cache Lake in Algonquin Park. As a camper
then counselor at Northway Lodge, she relished the simplicity of
camp life and canoe tripping throughout the Park. Vivien and
family vacationed on the lake for many summers before she acquired
her own cabin – with no electricity or running water – where she
stayed for several months every summer thereafter. Even last summer
she still swam and rowed her boat around the island every day.
Vivien instilled her great love of Cache Lake and its close-knit
community in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A woman ahead of her
time, Vivien’s devotion to exercise, healthy eating, alternative
therapies and the outdoors inspired many generations. Her wide
circle of family and friends will miss her curious, generous and
determined spirit. Memorial contributions may be sent to:
The Friends of Algonquin Park
Whitney, Ontario K0J 2M0 Canada