Vivian Fossum

May 30, 1936 - July 16, 2015


Visitation: Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m., family present 4-6 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Service: Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 20 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church, rural Canton, SD.

Vivian Fossum, age 79, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Sanford Foundation Hospice.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 20 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church, rural Canton, SD.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m., family present 4-6 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

                Vivian was born on May 30, 1936 in Lennox, SD to Peter & Eva (Fokken) Gayken.  She graduated from Worthing High School in 1954.  She then attended 1 year at Nettleton Business College.  She married Carroll Fossum on November 5, 1956 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church near Canton, SD.

After Carroll was drafted into the service, the couple made their home in Las Cruces, NM where Carroll was stationed.  Vivian worked at the White Sands Missile Range during this time.   Following his discharge, the couple moved to Sioux Falls in 1958, a farm west of Canton in 1969, and finally into Canton in 2009.

Vivian worked for the Sioux Valley News from ’72-‘74, Canton High School from ’74 – ‘82, the Lincoln County Probation Office from ’82 – ‘84, Rudolph & Bogue Law from ’84 – ‘86, and was  in the Lincoln County Clerk of Courts Office from ’86- ’00, the last seven years as the Clerk of Courts.

She enjoyed cross stitching, reading, WELCA, and most importantly her grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband of 58 years, Carroll; son, Scott (Sonya) Fossum, Mitchell, SD; and grandchildren, Christian and Elizabeth.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Gloria McDermott.

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  1. Carroll, Scott, Sonya, Christian, and Elizabeth— We were sadden to hear of the passing of Vivian. She was such a vibrant lady who knew how to laugh! She will be missed. You are in our prayers—
    Rachel
    John and Catherine
    Carla and Doug
    Diane
    Brent and Suzanne
    Renee and Brit
    *Scott wish I would’ve been home to give you a hug— Will have to do that another time… Always, Carla

  2. Carroll, Scott and family,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you in the death of Vivian. I remember that you were such wonderful neighbors to my brother, Gary, and his wife, Barb. May the Lord be with you during this time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Blessings, Janis (Rikansrud) Campbell

  3. Carroll, Scott and family-
    I am sorry to say I will not be at the funeral. But I send my deepest condolences, hugs and lots of love. May she rest in peace.

  4. Carroll–this is Judy Clark, Joan’s sister. I am so very sorry to hear about Vivian’s death. I have so many memories of Vivian growing up in Worthing and later when Joan and Woody would do things with you and Vivian. Please pass on my sympathy to all of your family. Warm thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Judy