Vivian Olson Lindley died peacefully June 6.
She will be buried next to her husband in a private ceremony at East Lawn Cemetery on Greenback Lane in Sacramento.
Vivian was born February 1915 at the home of her maternal grandparents in Maskell, Neb. She was raised on the family farm near Hartington, Neb., and with two of her brothers played piano and banjo in Olson’s Orchestra for many home and hall dances in the 1930s. She moved to Los Angeles in 1939 where she met and married her husband of 59 years, Elmer W. Lindley. In 1941 they had their only child and daughter, Linda C. Lindley. In 1952 they moved to Cherry Creek outside Grass Valley and opened the Cherry Creek Cafe. They purchased property at Higgins Corner at Lake Combie Road and opened Lindley’s Red Wagon Restaurant. In 1966 they sold the business and opened an antique store, Lindley’s Pocket of Gold. Vivian was an active member of the Soroptimists of Grass Valley.
Vivian relocated to Citrus Heights in 1974. She and her husband spent their retirement years appearing at antique shows and engaging in antique wholesaling. She was an active member of the Harvestime seniors group in Fair Oaks. In 1989 they moved to Merced. Vivian began playing piano at various rest homes and volunteering at the local hospital. In 1999 they moved back to Elk Grove. Shortly after the move, Elmer passed away. Vivian continued to live in Elk Grove at The Meadows. She was an active member of the Elk Grove Congregational Church and continued to play piano for rest home residents until her stroke in 2002.
She had a joy for life that will be long-remembered among her many friends. Her sparkling eyes and ready laugh will forever remain in our memory.
Vivian is survived by her daughter, Linda C. Lindley; brother, Glen and his wife Janet; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Arrangements are under the direction of East Lawn Mortuary in Sacramento.
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