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Life Story / Obituary
Vivian Lorraine (Maze) Rude of North Muskegon, Michigan, age 97, died of a sudden illness on Saturday, December 30, 2017 while visiting family in Taos, New Mexico. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan on April 9, 1920 to Gail and Lillian (Lange) Maze. She attended Muskegon High School, Muskegon Community College and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Journalism in 1942. "Viv" met Arthur M. Rude while finishing at U of M, and they married in 1944 while he served as an officer in the US Army. After Art finished his military service and completed law school at U of M, the couple moved to Muskegon in 1949 where they raised their three children - David, Ginger, and Barbara.
With Art, Vivian found both love and adventure, which she relished and cherished. They sailed on Lake Michigan, went snow skiing in Northern Michigan, the Rockies and the Alps; water skied, bicycled and played tennis together. They built a solar home in New Mexico, spending many vacations there, as well as, in Canada and California visiting their children. Their cabin on Lake Michigan held four generations of family and friends who gathered with them every summer.
Active in her community, Vivian was a lifelong member of First Congregational Church UCC of Muskegon. She was a lifelong patron and supporter of Hackley Public Library, serving many years on the Board of Directors. "Viv" volunteered as a docent at the Muskegon Museum of Art, sharing her love of permanent and contemporary exhibits with adult visitors and school children alike. Vivian pursued her interest in journalism as a writer of short stories and poetry, studying and exercising her love of literature and politics throughout her life and published a limited edition collection of her stories and poems. She ran for office, worked with the League of Women Voters and the AAUW for the advancement of women and people of color. Along with Art, she was passionate about civil rights and education. Together, they made a difference. Upon diagnosis of her terminal illness, she confided to a friend that among other things, she was grateful that “…everyone in my family is a Democrat!”
Vivian made friends easily, and as older friends passed away, ever-younger friends surrounded her. One younger friend recently described her as “…that incredibly beautiful, smart, funny, witty, strong woman I was so proud to call ‘My Vivian’.” Not only did her own kids share their lives candidly with her, but many of their friends treasured her as a confidante, and thought of her as their “other mother”. She was a beacon of unconditional love to all. All of us and many friends in her communities of Muskegon, East Lansing and Taos will miss her sparkling blue eyes and quick wit.
Vivian is preceded in death by Art, her beloved husband of 70 years, and is survived by her three children, whose lives expanded the adventures to California, New Mexico and Canada. She leaves 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Family members include son, David Rude of Los Gatos CA; daughters, Ginger (Kate O’Neill) Rude Mongiello of Taos NM & Barbara (Andrew) Rude Roberts of Canada and currently East Lansing MI; grandchildren, Syri Mongiello, Risa (Chad) Haddal, Adam (Sheena) Rude, Eric (Tracy) Rude, Monica (Jack McLean) Rude, Hugh (Joannie Dube) Roberts and Neil Roberts; great-grandchildren, Haakon and Christian Haddal, Oliver and Lydia Rude. Beloved family also includes Robert Mongiello and Tina Rude. As an only child, Vivian found sisters and brothers in Art’s family; she leaves Dolly and Bill Rude (Art’s brother) along with their family: Dawn (Jim) Rude Stuberg; Bruce (Cheryl Tanouye) Rude & Kavi, Lynne Rude Twining & Paige. Nieces, Donna Rude, Mary Michelson and Linda Schoof will also miss her.
A memorial service for Vivian will be held after winter travel hazards abate and when forsythias bloom, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm at First Congregational Church UCC, 1201 Jefferson St. Muskegon MI. MEMORIAL: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, the Muskegon Museum of Art or Hackley Public Library.
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