TO WATCH THE WEBCAST PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS TAB.\nIF YOU ARE ON A CELL PHONE, SCROLL DOWN. \n\nVivian Croft Best graduated--with high honors--from this mortal existence on 5 August 2020.\nShe joined her parents, Jacob Calvin Croft and Lula McClellan, her brothers, Mack Gerald Croft and\nKent Calvin Croft, her daughter, Karen Best, and her grandchildren Hannah Elizabeth Hughes and\nAnsel Edison Best.\n\nVivian will be sorely missed by her husband of 64 years, Myron Gene Best, her daughters, Jenny\nLyn Jensen (Brad), Teresa Fugate (Richard), Katrina Hughes, Laura Miller (Derek), her sons, Karl\nFredrick Best (Catherine), Richard Russell Best (Marci), and Tyler Kory Best (Katrina), her 27 living\ngrandchildren and their spouses, her 43 great-grandchildren, and by her sister, Mary Jones (Kendall),\nand brother, Clair Lewis Croft.\n\nAll of the family anticipated that Vivian would be a centenarian, like her mother, who lived to105\nand a great grandmother, Almeda Day McClellan, who bore 12 children and lived to 101, along with\ntwo Day siblings who died at 100! However, despite Vivian’s genes, cancer of the pancreas and liver\nfelled the great and noble soul at age 83.\n\nVivian was born on October 20, 1936 and lived in cities in Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada,\nwhile her father worked for the government, until her sealing in the Salt Lake Temple on 16 March\n1956. Her fondest memories while growing up were during the years of World War II when she lived\nin Cedar City. The nearby campus of the Branch Agricultural College (now Southern Utah University)\nand juniper-covered hills to the west provided ample opportunities for youthful activities. Skipping her\nsenior year at Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Vivian attended the University of Utah on a Ford\nFoundation scholarship for one year and then transferred to BYU for a year. Viv had a lifelong interest\nin medicine and biology but further academic pursuits were curtailed upon marriage and arrival of\nchildren.\n\nVivian liked to travel. Tours were enjoyed to Israel, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Austria,\nSwitzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Caribbean,\nJapan, Alaska, and Hawaii.\n\nShe sang in ward choirs and with Sweet Adelines. A good pianist, she played for Church\ngatherings and for ordinance-worker prayer meetings in the Provo Temple.\n\nAn insatiable and highly productive interest focused around doing things with her hands and\nsolving problems. She accurately typed Myron’s thesis in 1961, making three carbon copies, and a\ndecade later, with equal accuracy, typed several drafts of his manuscript that was published as a 630-\npage textbook. She crocheted, tatted, and carded and spun alpaca wool on her spinning wheel, knitting\na warm sweater for herself. Dipping chocolates was mastered in Ottawa, Ontario while helping Relief\nSociety sisters raise money for the first Latter-day Saint meeting house in the nation’s capitol. Ever the\nfrugal homemaker, Viv sewed carpet samples together for the living room floor in their first home in\nOttawa. Soon after arriving in Provo she started an annual Christmas activity making hundreds of\nglazed doughnuts for the neighbors, which became a family tradition for decades. This was\naccomplished in a new house that Vivian designed and had a contractor build on Arapaho Lane. She\ndid most of the initial indoor painting and was forever making the inside and outside a comfortable and\nattractive family nest. Several remodels were accomplished over one-half century as a result of her\ningenuity. In a major add-on, she made sure a loft over the two-car garage was created for\ngrandchildren and great grandchildren. Taking classes provided the opportunity to learn the techniques\nof making jewelry and leaded (stained) glass. Woodworking was an enduring activity and, with no\ntrepidation of power tools, she crafted household furniture and cabinets for family room, spacious\nsewing room, and for the kitchen in the mountain home, which she built jointly with Myron and family\nmembers. Some of Viv’s genes and family tradition supported the wood working activity. Her\ngrandfather, Samuel Edwin McClellan, constructed the Juarez Stake Academy building in the\n“Mormon” colonies in Mexico, and these genes have been manifest in Vivian’s children and grand\nchildren. Her son, Richard, and his son, Russell, crafted her casket, which was decorated with the\nartwork of grand daughter Jane Hughes burned in by Spencer Hughes’ laser tool.\n\nBecause Myron was often gone on geology trips, Vivianx mastered household repairs and\nmaintenance. For several summers she was the camp cook for the BYU Geology summer field class in\nthe wilderness of Nevada and western Utah, which provided the cash necessary to buy a new sewing\nmachine.\n\nMuch preferring stitchin’ over the kitchen, Vivian’s lifelong love and joy was sewing. It started\nwith making her own wedding dress, followed by additional ones for daughters, a daughter-in-law, and\ngrand daughters. There wasn’t much that she could not make a pattern for, or alter, and sew to\ncompletion, including children’s and men’s clothes and chair covers.\n\nWhile her children were growing up, Vivian taught by example, never lecturing. Life skills were\nlearned by watching. Daughter Katrina recalls: “I remember the summer before I started first grade.\nShe asked me to draw pictures of the school clothes I wanted her to make me for that year. I tagged\nalong to the fabric store to pick out what I wanted; never was it her that chose for me. We would then\ncome home, clean off the kitchen table, and the drafting began–on paper towels, mind you, because\ntissue paper was too expensive. We had the paper towel patterns and to this day that’s how I do mine!!\nShe made my school wardrobe exactly to my drawings. This continued until through my fourth grade\nyear until I took over–unknowingly her apprentice, unnoticed I had learned what I needed to make my\nown patterns and sew my own clothes–I never once had a ‘lesson’–just simply watching and doing it\nalong side her. I don’t recall her ever trying to change my mind of the fabric I picked even in the first\ngrade.”\n\nVivian’s crowning achievement in her sewing room over the past several years was the production\nof an unique quilt for each of her children and 27 living grandchildren. Aided by her fellow sewers in a\nquilt group, she crafted unique and exquisite works of art. But the most memorable one was a baby\nquilt she helped her oldest daughter, Karen, undertake when she was 13 for her little brother, Richard.\nBut the ravages of cancer precluded Karen’s completion of the quilt so with finishing touches supplied\nby two grand mothers the quilt was finished. It was auctioned at the Festival of Trees and hung in the\nPrimary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City for several years before finding a place in the entry of the\nArapaho home.\n\nAlthough rarely articulated, Vivian’s testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was rock solid,\nsteadfast, and true. She served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,\nmostly in the Relief Society. A love for the native people was developed while serving a welfare\nservices mission in 2003-4 with Myron in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since then Viv served as an\nordinance worker in the Provo Temple; a white dress topped off with a head of snow-white hair made\nher look like the angel she was in her heart.\n\nVivian’s enduring legacy is her children, grandchildren, and spouses, and a growing number of\ngreat grandchildren. Through a quiet unassuming example her posterity stands as a unified responsible\ncontribution to society and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.\n\nA viewing for friends and neighbors will be held Tuesday August 11 from 6 to 8 PM and for family\nmembers Wednesday 12 August from 9:00 to 10:45 AM at the Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 North\nUniversity Avenue, Provo. The funeral will follow at 11 AM in the Mortuary. Burial in the Provo City\nCemetery.\n\nThe family is grateful for the loving kindness of many friends and neighbors and for professional\ncare by Dr. M. Austin Healey, the Utah Cancer Specialists, the Intermountain Utah Valley Palliative\nCare, and Symbii Home Health and Hospice, especially Marlene Oaks. \n\nFACEMASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE MORTUARY.