Viva Jean Hansen Hyer of Taylor will be honored for her 90th birthday today, Feb. 20, with a dinner hosted by her family.
She was born in a log cabin in Cornish on Feb. 19, 1921, to Joseph and Nola Baker Hansen. Her sister is Edna Powers. She graduated from North Cache High School and married Garold "Gary" Hyer Dec. 22, 1938, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple.
She has lived in Logan, California and Washington. They raised their children in South Ogden and moved to Taylor when he retired. She helped her husband design and build their house in Taylor, doing most of the work themselves.
She typed papers for students attending college and also became a columnist for the Herald Journal newspaper. She also worked for Ballard and Carter Co., and as a secretary for Burch Creek Elementary, and Weber and Bonneville High schools, and J.W. Brewer Tire Co.
She enjoys playing games, doing puzzles, oil painting, crocheting, creating pottery, sewing, singing, playing the piano, and writing poetry and stories. She has kept in touch with many lifelong friends.
An active member of the LDS Church, she worked in the Primary and Relief Society, and did extraction work. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Her children and their spouses are Linda and Bill (deceased) Byram, Bobbi and Lindsey Hansen, Val and Judy Hyer, Steve and Myrt Hyer, and Doug and Sue Hyer. She has 28 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.