Obituary: Dragnich, Vivian Jean
October 7, 1926-
April 12, 2012
Vivian Jean (Cook) Dragnich (85) passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Sacred Heart Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. Vivian was born October 7, 1926 in Whitestone, Washington to Gene and Anna Cook. She was the first of four girls born into the Cook family. Vivian attended grade school in Loomis, Washington and graduated from Tonasket in 1944. She moved to California and worked in the supply department at the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego. In January 1949, she moved to Republic where her parents were living.
In July she went to work as a teller for the State Bank of Republic. It was there that she met a local business man named Louie Dragnich. They were married on July 21, 1950. Together they raised four children. Vivian and Louie were a team in business. They were strong supporters of the community, giving generously of their time, efforts and resources. For eight years Viv was a member of the Ground Observer Corps, receiving several commendations from the Air Force and congratulation letter from President Eisenhower. Viv’s real love was in her home and family. Vivian was patient, long suffering, gentle and sweet. She will be missed.
In January of 2006, Vivian and Louie were in a car accident in Colville. Louie died at the scene but Vivian survived and fought a courageous battle against the injuries she suffered. Vivian is survived by three of her children, Larry Dragnich of Republic, Vicki Rutter of Arizona, and Nick Dragnich of Republic, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two younger sisters, Chris Nylander of Spokane and Gena Wirt of Republic. She was preceded in death by her son Terry, her parents, her husband Louie and a sister June Endrice.
A memorial service is being planned for this summer.