Oct. 12, 1918 –– Feb. 11, 2018
Vivian Velma Rudger, 99, of Joseph, died at a care facility in Milton-Freewater. A private family graveside service was Feb. 15 at Joseph Cemetery.
Vivian was born in LaCenter, Wash., to William and Margaret Aschenbrenner. She had three brothers: Chet, Reuben and Bill; and three sisters, Opal, Clara and Delores. In 1926, the family moved to Wallowa County and settled in the Zumwalt area.
Vivian married Albin M. Rudger in Cambridge, Idaho, Oct. 22, 1939. They lived on their ranch at the corner of Liberty and Bicentennial near Joseph where they raised their children, Linda and Bill.
Albin and Vivian ran a Holstein-Friesian dairy and farmed on Prairie Creek. Vivian was a good cook and would make big dinners for all the harvesters. She also worked as a charge nurse at the hospital in Enterprise.
Vivian loved horses and was a skilled horsewoman. She owned a couple Arabians.
After retirement, the couple bought a small property in Arizona where they wintered. Later they wintered in Clarkston, Wash., where they owned a home.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Graning; son and daughter, Bill and Nancy Rudger; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren.
Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise was entrusted with arrangements.